Got a good password? Love. Sex. Money. Not so fast. Using common words like those (or, worse, family names or birth dates) can make it easier for hackers, phishers and other fraud...

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NEW YORK — Got a good password? Love. Sex. Money.

Not so fast. Using common words like those (or, worse, family names or birth dates) can make it easier for hackers, phishers and other fraud artists to gain access to your accounts and steal your identity.

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Don’t use any personal information as a password. That includes your name, family names, birth dates, address, telephone number, street name, car license-plate number, etc. Such information is easily obtainable by fraudsters.

Use a combination of letters, numbers and other characters like a dollar sign or exclamation point.