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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

How to Have the Best Computer Passwords

In today age of inter connectivity where almost everything can be stored and access via the internet, one important aspect of storing our things behind lock and keys is the PASSWORD. Yup the old fashion lock and key has a digital equivalent called the PASSWORD. The PASSWORD is one of the most important aspect of security for keeping safe our files. We often used them in our computer so we lock the computer itself or put a password on the account that we used to log-in into our computer.

No sane person would ever like somebody else reading her email, or logging into their computer and swiping their allegedly secure search engine optimization information. Or for what it's worth some other person using her password and breaking into a monetary institution. You should, choose a powerful, secure password in such a manner that will be a hard nut to crack for others and easy for you to recollect. The more random and mixed-up you make it, the harder it is for others to break. Mind you, if your password is compromised, the password crackers will even take over your identity.

The password that we use to access all our account can be the same or every bit different from each account. If we use different password in all of our account then we need to write down or use a password manager. A password, if too short, is vulnerable to attack if an attacker gets hold of the cryptographic hash of the password. Present-day PCs are fast enough to try all alphabetic passwords shorter than 7 characters. We will be able to call a password puny if it is short or is a default, or which can sometimes be rapidly guessed by searching a subset of all possible passwords such as words in the compendium, correct names, words based totally on the user name or common variations on these themes.

On the other hand, a robust password would be sufficiently long, random, or which can be produced only by the user who chose it, so that ‘guessing ‘ for it will require too long a time.

For maximum security, the user should follow some simple guidelines:

1) Passwords should preferably be at least 8 characters long and not more than 14.

2) Passwords should contain a mix of numbers, letters, and special characters (%&3ac_ht4m7).

3) Passwords shouldn't contain a compendium word from any compendium, be it French, Spanish, medical, etc.

4) Each password should be different from the user’s User-ID and any permutation of that User-ID.

5) New passwords and old passwords should differ by at least 3 characters.

6) Avoid picking names or nicknames of folk, pets, or places, or personal info that may be simply found out,eg your birthday, address etc.

7) It’s sensible to stay away from common keyboard sequences,eg dfgh678 or abc345.

8) Never form a password by appending a digit to a word. That can be simply guessed.

9) Avoid writing your password down or storing it on your PC.

10) Never share your password with any other person.

Making sure that our password is safe and is hard to guess is just one of the many ways of keeping our digital information safe. We must also be very careful in using our computer in public places  or using public computers, because we never know what who or what kind of application is watching us input those very sacred alpha numeric combination. We must always be vigilant in everything that we do whenever we are logging in into our account wherever we may be.

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