In today’s world of data hacks and identify theft, we all need to be smarter about cybersecurity. And according to a new SafeBee survey, many of us need to step up our game when it comes to the passwords that are intended to protect us.

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For instance, how often do you change your password? The National Cybersecurity Alliance recommends changing them every 60 days. But 43 percent of respondents said they “never” change theirs. And 22 percent change theirs only once a year.

How often change password
Perhaps scarier, the majority of respondents — 77 percent — use the same passwords for different accounts. So if a hacker manages to learn the password to your email account, he can get into your bank account and maybe the site you use to file your taxes, too.

Do you use same password for different accounts
Even more alarming, most respondents stores their passwords in just about the worst place possible: on their computers. Of course this means if your computer is stolen, the thief has access to everything. Another password storage no-no is writing down your passwords and keeping the list where others can find it.

Store password on computer

One solution to the password nightmare, especially if you're using long, unguessable passwords (if you're not, you should be), is to use a password manager to generate and manage them. There are many passwords managers to choose from, some of which are free. Most of us aren't using one.

Do you use a password manager

Even if we don't treat our passwords like pies cooling on the windowsill for anyone to snatch, hackers can get to consumers via phishing scams and other means. But when it comes to improving your cybersecurity, keeping your pies to yourself is a good way to start.

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Marianne has been producing content that informs and inspires for more than 20 years, with a deep focus on bringing readers accurate, actionable advice and helping them live healthier, safer lives. Before launching SafeBee, she was executive editor of Sharecare, the health website and social network. Previously, she developed more than two dozen illustrated consumer health books for Reader’s Digest. Her writing has appeared in numerous outlets including Arthritis Today and WebMD. Her favorite safety tip: Know the purpose of every medication you take and under what circumstances you can stop taking it.