How to tell if your passwords are vulnerable to hackers

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Today is one of the most important days of the year: World Password Day. Okay, it’s not exactly National Doughnut Day, but it’s a good excuse to sort through the various passwords you use to determine if they’re worth changing, you use them on multiple sites, or they’ve been compromised somehow.

In fact, Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone and even your Google (GOOG, GOOGL) account can give you a leg up on checking out those passwords, making it far easier to browse through them all and figure out which you need to change.

Tired of dealing with passwords at all, or want more security on top? Then you might want to try a specialized USB authenticator key to throw two-factor authentication onto your accounts.

Not sure how to do that? I’m explaining it all in this week’s Tech Support.

How to check your passwords on your iPhone

So you’ve been using your iPhone for a while, saving passwords for everything from Facebook (FB) and Amazon (AMZN) to your credit card apps to your iCloud account via its Keychain feature. Solid call. Not only does that make signing into apps easier, it also helps your iPhone determine if your passwords and accounts are putting your accounts at risk of being hacked or taken over.

Your iPhone can show you what passwords you are reusing or have been compromised in data leaks. (Image: Howley)

Your iPhone can show you what passwords you are reusing or have been compromised in data leaks. (Image: Howley)

To check your passwords you’ll need to go into the Settings app on your iPhone then scroll down and select Passwords. From there, you’ll see an option for Security Recommendations.

Tap that, and your iPhone will show you if you’re using passwords across multiple sites, which can put your accounts at risk; if passwords are too easy to guess; and if your information has been exposed as part of a data leak.

Tapping into each password will allow you to go to the appropriate site to access your account and make the changes you need. It’s a seemingly small feature, but one that’s worthwhile to keep your information secure online.

How to check your passwords using Google

If you’ve got a Google account, and who doesn’t, you’ve likely saved your passwords to make them more easily accessible via the Chrome browser. And like your iPhone, Google makes it easy to check out those…

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