Kerrie's Blog: Protect Yourself - Change Your Passwords

Protect Yourself - Change Your Passwords

News hit today that millions of passwords were hacked from Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Yahoo and other outlets.  Check out the full article here.

What kills me is that most of the passwords were....drumroll please...password!  or 123456.  Really?  Using passwords like that are useless and not protecting yourself one bit.  

Do yourself a favor and change your passwords.  The last thing we need this time of year (or anytime really) is someone getting their hands on our information.  Protect yourself and use something a little more creative than "password" please!



Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 19 commentsKerrie La Guardia • December 05 2013 09:55AM


My passwords are better than those by a long shot, but I still need to clean them up; change some around, and get a better handle on them.

Should I hope real estate remains slow through the month so I have time to do all the back-end stuff I need to do? Double edge sword, huh?

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 5 years ago

I did a comprehensive review of all passwords and changed absolutely everything after a breach.  All passwords are not unique, varied and cryptic on purpose to ensure security.

Posted by Bryan Robertson over 5 years ago

Good advise Kerrie... thanks for the reminder...

Posted by Beth and Richard Witt, Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940 (Long Island Cash Home Buyer) over 5 years ago

Thanks for the advice Kerrie! Not to be mean about it, but using 123456 as a password this day and age is definitely asking for trouble. Either way, time make those passwords more complicated and harder to remember...

Posted by Phil Stevenson, CRMP, "Mortgage Nerd" in Miami, Florida and Texas (PS Mortgage Lending 305-791-4874 or 888-845-6630) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, it is amazing when I hear people have such easy passwords, and then complain when they get hacked.   I have so many, cannot keep track of them!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 5 years ago

Boy, people are so busy. If they would only put their time and skills into some thing productive.

Like all the fine work you and the rest of the Active Rain Staff have put in over the years!


Thank you. 

Posted by Tanya Van Blake-Coleman, Improving the Quality of Your Life (Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/ over 5 years ago

I have had clients show me stuff that they have as privare and the same combo's come up often.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 5 years ago

Some of my passwords are so unique that I can forget them if I don't write them down and store them in the safe.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 5 years ago

Reminds me of a great scene from the movie Spaceballs.  If you're not familiar, it's worth a laugh

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) over 5 years ago

John - Oh my goodness that bit is perfect for this!!  Lol, love this movie!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 5 years ago

Oh my! These hackers beat all I ever seen sometime. You'd think if they were this smart, they could get a REAL, HONEST JOB!!!

Posted by Mitch Muller - Charlotte NC Real Estate, Certified Residential Specialist (ProStead Realty Charlotte, NC CRS SRES over 5 years ago

Talk about being lazy Kerrie.  123456 really indeed.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 5 years ago

So, more digits is better?  How about 123456789?  Bummer, I just checked, and my luggage combo strip doesn't go that high.


Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 5 years ago

Brilliant Kerrie, thanks for the reminder!

Posted by Frank Iglesias, Atlanta, GA Real Estate Investor (Working With Houses, LLC - Atlanta Real Estate Investments) over 5 years ago

Don't fret about remembering them. If you can remember one then get yourself a secure password manager. This will give you secure access to a "safe" where you can store all your other passwords. Just google "best password managers" add ios, android, apple or windows etc... for a more detailed search.

Posted by Jeff Fritzson: Frisco Real Estate Pro, Your Success is My Focus! (Jeff Fritzson Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors) over 5 years ago

I can't believe that people actually use password as their password, Kerrie. do they have no imagination?

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 5 years ago

Pa#%sWo**!!d  may be a good password!!! or d$Ro##ws++A!P may be better!

Posted by Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty) over 5 years ago

How many times have we heard that story? Dang Hackers! I wish tech could save us from my 598 passwords!

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 5 years ago

Kerrie- don't know how I missed this one but just happened to change one of my email passwords the other day.  Thanks for the heads up. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 5 years ago