Using the same password for multiple sites is definitely tempting (who wants to remember 50 million passwords? "The bad guys will hack a password for some random account to gain access to things you do care about," Grossman says. "The most important password is the one for your email account," says Kevin Haley, the director of the security software company Norton by Symantec.
Unless you have a joint account with your spouse, any password you create is for you and only you.
Some experts advise against using full words; others go so far as to recommend concocting a random iambic pentameter poem for your password, if you have a lengthy character limit.
Never create a password using information that's available on the public record, says Jeremiah Grossman, the founder of tech security company White Hat Security.
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Most sites will require you create a password that's eight to 12 characters long, and you should always opt for 12, Lord says.