Millions of passwords stolen from social media accounts

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The Better Business Bureau (BBB) calls the scale of the problem staggering.

In 2016, 32 million Twitter password accounts were hacked and in 2012, 117 million user names and passwords were siphoned from LinkedIn, according to the BBB.

A 2017 Norton Cyber Security Insights Report revealed 10 million Canadians experienced cybercrime within the last year. And, 53 per cent were impacted by an online security threat or know someone who was, the report revealed.

This is why the Better Business Bureau (BBB) celebrated its third annual BBB National Password Day on March 15.

“Whether you are a consumer or a business owner, it’s important to change your passwords on all online accounts two or three times a year to better protect personal and financial information,” said a release from the BBB.

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The BBB encouraged everyone to celebrate National Password Day by scheduling 30 minutes to update your passwords across bank accounts, social networks, email accounts and even point-of-sale (POS) equipment.

To reduce your risk of being hacked, the BBB recommends using a different password for each account, not sharing any of your passwords with anyone, changing your passwords regularly – at least three times a year and updating password for cell phones and building strong passwords by using at least eight characters, upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols. -CINEWS

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