Cyber Criminals and Hacking

Preventing personal information and passwords from getting into the wrong hands.
1:51 | 04/24/13

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the fall-out after that scare on the stock market, so many wondering if hackers could do that, what could they do to learn our own passwords? Rebecca jarvis tonight on how to protect yourself. Reporter: They're the codes that are supposed to keep all our info online safe. But today, 90% of the passwords we create are vulnerable to hacking. Hacking is a game for a lot of people. Reporter: Since the birth of the internet, john pozadzides esting online security for big business, trying to break in, making sure their secrets are safe. It's happening to big companies, but what about people? It's happening all the time. An aur hacker can go download these things, use a computer like this one, set up an automated script and wait until it spits out logins and passwords. How long would this take? Minutes. Minutes? Seconds. Reporter: So how can you protect yourself? Pozadzides recommends these three simple steps. First, use a password that's at least eight or nine characters long. Second, never use a name, an obscenity, or words like love or god. Instead try to use symbols. Adding a capital letter and an ask asterisk changes . . . . .And if they do that and you're using the same password at your bank, then you're in big trouble. All great advice. Thank you. When we come back, the paintings by president bush.

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