Recently, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) charged Jordan Evan Bloom with operating the website, a website that is no longer online, but according to the RCMP had been used by Bloom to sell usernames and passwords gathered from major data breaches. The RCMP alleges that Bloom earned approximately $247,000 selling this information to cybercriminals who, in turn, would use the information for purposes of identity theft. The problem for the people whose information was sold was made worse by the fact that many people whose usernames and passwords were stolen from innocuous websites also used the same username and passwords for sensitive online purposes, such as online banking.
It is critical to have a unique and distinct password for each of your online accounts.  This is not as difficult as it may appear.  You can start with a strong base password constructed from a phrase, such as IDon’tLikePasswords that has capital letters, small letters and a symbol and then adapt it for each account you have so that you will have a secure and easy to remember password for each of your online accounts.   Thus, your Amazon password could be IDon’tLikePasswordsAMA.
Whenever possible use dual factor authentication for your accounts so that when you attempt to log in, a one-time code will be sent to your smartphone to insert in order to get access to your account.  For convenience sake you can set up dual factor authentication so that it is only required if you are logging in from a different computer or device than you normally use. 
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