Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- With all the news lately of passwords being hacked on sites like Linked-In, an online dating site, even an app developer, now more than ever you should be careful with your passwords online.
How many things do you log into every day? Email - Facebook - Twitter - online banking - not to mention your computers at home and work. Are all of those passwords the same? If so, you could be at risk.
Analysts say you should have different passwords for everything. And you should change 'em every three months or so. But if they all have to be different - how do you keep them all organized?
There are quite a few different programs out there to keep things organized - I'll highlight three for you here:
This first one, called 1Password is probably the highest rated by the experts, but a little costly - It's got web browser integration for your desktop computer, and Droid & apple device apps for mobile.
The second one is called LastPass - this is also highly regarded in the tech world - with one major difference, the cost is lower than one password - but there's a downside - you'll see ads when you use this service.
The third is from the Norton antivirus people - called Norton Identity Safe - The experts say it's not on the same level as the others, but this one is free, and available as a stand-alone without any other Norton products.
The best thing you can do for your passwords is to change them every 90 days, and switch it up by using zeros instead of O's, dollar signs instead of S's, and capitalize some letters, like:
Hat Tip: Alice Truong, USA Today contributor, @alicetruong