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Password hack shows why parents need to teach Internet security

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(Read caption) Password hack: Hackers have obtained the passwords of 2 million Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, Yahoo, and other website users.

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There's no escaping the importance of computer security, as much as it would be nice to. A Business Insider report describes the aftermath of a recent hack on the software company Adobe:

This stash of 2 million passwords follows a massive hack on Adobe revealed in October in which a jaw-dropping 38 million user accounts and passwords were nabbed and posted to the 'net. That attack was so big that other website vendors were affected, because many people use the same user name and password for all of their websites. 

Unfortunately, this hack isn't new (see also the LinkedIn hack, the Ubisoft hack, and the Cupid Media hack, for a tip-of-the-iceberg starting point), and as long as there is money or power to be gained from accessing other peoples' online identities, it seems unlikely to ever stop being a problem.

And while this doesn't seem like a parental problem per se, it really is – it falls under our "important stuff we need to teach our children" heading, right up there with crossing the street and why you shouldn't wear black shoes with brown slacks.


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