Research shows that consumers have an average of 26 different online logins but only use five different passwords. With so much of our lives online, consumers that reuse passwords put themselves at a higher risk for exposure. If a thief somehow gains access to one account, he or she could easily get into any other account that shares the same login information.
In order to protect yourself, be sure to use strong passwords that are composed of at least eight characters. This should include a combination of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters (i.e. $,*, @, etc.). You should use a different username and password for each online account to maximize your security. If you have too many passwords to remember, don’t write them down on the pad next to your computer; try an online password storage service but make sure they have a good reputation and strong security protocols.
Dataloss ”New Warning about Online Fraud, 7/17/2012.