Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Secure Passwords

Several weeks ago I added a link to my friend, Dillon Ross', blog on strong passwords called “My password is...” (http://yourtechnologycoach.blogspot.com/) and today I am going to reiterate this message as well as add some more tips to help you secure your passwords. Additionally there will be some links to help in this area, assist in password selection and manage your passwords.

DON'T:
  • Use easy to guess information such as your last name, birthday, family, pets, etc...things that are easy to guess.
  • Proper words, words that you can look up their meaning in the dictionary
  • Use the same password on multiple sites
DO:
  • Use combination of letters, numbers, special characters as well as upper and lower case letters
  • Use at least eight (8) characters
  • Add middle numbers and special characters
  • Change or update your password often
  • A memory trick or cipher like Dillon specified use a letter or special character to represent the first letter in each word in a memorable phrase such as "All good things must come to an end" the password would be: Agtmc2ae.
You can test the security of your password by using the password strength checker at www.passwordmeter.com. While there, also check on ways to strengthen your password.

If you find it hard to come up with a strong password, you can try one of the sites listed below:
Password Bird at www.passwordbird.com
Strong Password Generator at www.strongpasswordgenerator.com
Gibson Research Corporation at www.grc.com/passwords.htm
Password Checker at http://www.microsoft.com/protect/yourself/password/checker.mspx

You can engage a password manager at one of the links below:
Roboform at www.roboform.com
Passpack at www.passpack.com (online only)

Remember, using strong passwords will only be one item in your arsenal to secure your information and files.

As always, email me with your topics and let’s have a good time learning together!

In His Service,
AvaByGrace

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