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|PASSWORD DO'S AND DON'T BEING SAFE ONLINE
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Here is some important information for stay safe online.
The days when most of us had one password to logon and one more to access the internet are gone. Many sites now demand registration and a password and few of us can remember them. Depending on the level of security you need, there are various strategies for creating memorable passwords and managing them effectively.
Most Common Passwords
Every time hackers release a set of usernames and passwords, it give analysts a chance to see passwords that people use in the real world. Here is a list of the top 25 passwords from an attack on Sony in December 2010.
You can bet that every hacker has these passwords in their brute force dictionary. The next time they attack a network they will try these passwords. If you use one of these – or another easy to remember password – your account will be compromised.
Use the random password generator to get a better, safer password today.
Password Do’s and Don’ts
Five “Don’ts” & Five “Dos” for Better Passwords
1. Don’t leave passwords blank.
2. Don’t use your username as a password.
3. Don’t use identifiable information (such as a birthday).
4. Don’t write passwords down.
5. Don’t use auto-fill for passwords (especially on public computers).
6. Do use 8 characters or more.
7. Do use a combination of uppercase, lowercase, numbers, & symbols.
8. Do memorize your password.
9. Do change your password periodically (at least every 60 days).
10. Do keep your password a secret.
Best Passwords for 2012
Computer security is still an important topic. Use password generator to create a new password for this year. Update all your banking passwords and any site where your credit card or personal information is stored.
The best passwords for 2012 are the same as previous years: include as many characters as possible with a mixture of upper/lower case letters, numbers and symbols. Don’t repeat the bad habits of using lazy passwords.
Here is an example of the kind of passwords the free site below generates free
This is an example of the type of password the website gives out.
Security professionals say the best password is a mixture of completely random letters, numbers and symbols. Longer passwords are always better. Longer passwords are harder to guess by humans and more difficult to figure out by ‘brute force’ computer attacks.
Unless you create an easy to remember mnemonic device for your random passwords, you may never be able to log in without referring to your password cheat sheet. There is a trade off between usability and security.
Example of a mnemonic password reminder: bY$4cC@Fri = bring Your $ for cupcakes onFriday
There is a lot more information on the website how to protect your passwords.
Stay Safe online!
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