The FBI is investigating the massive hack of Gawker Media. News reports that FBI agents met with Gawker Media CEO Nick Denton Monday following the hacking incident, which is claimed by a group called Gnosis. The Gawker website is paralyzed and the snarky gossip site was temporarily forced to stop publishing.
The Hacker News

Hackers were able to get over 100,000 of the 1.3 million registered users passwords and emails. The site was forced to stop publishing on Sunday and sent out emails to all registered users to change their password. According to News, Gawker media CEO Nick Denton confessed, "We're deeply embarrassed by this breach."
Here are a few tips on how to keep keep your passwords safe online:
Don't use the same password for everything
Having one password for all of your accounts is just not safe! Using one password makes you very vulnerable to hackers. All someone has to do is sniff out your password for one account and they'll have control over your entire online identify.
Use different passwords to control different accounts
Use different passwords to control your online banking, your blogging, your social networks, etc. Creating and using strong passwords is extremely important and good passwords are your first line of defense against hackers.

Use one password, but customize for each site

There IS a way you can generate easy-to-remember but secure passwords without using the same password for everything. According to tips featured on SmallBusinessTrends, keep a common base for a password then customize the "base" for each website.
For example, if your base password is [rogue], then your password may be [rogueamzn]. You can develop a rule where you use the first four letters of a service's name or another mechanism. If that looks too easy for a hacker to figure out, then develop a different rule. Perhaps you use the first three vowels, you scramble the letters in some way that's easy for you to remember, or you decide to work in special characters. Just don't get so creative that you won't remember what your system is. Also keep in mind that different services have different password requirements – some will require special characters, while others will forbid them.

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