Passwords

Passwords provide the first line of defense against unauthorized access to your computer. The stronger your password, the more protected your computer will be from hackers and malicious software. You should make sure you have strong passwords for all accounts on your computer. 

A strong password:

  • Is at least eight characters long.

  • Does not contain your user name, real name, or company name.

  • Does not contain a complete word.

  • Is significantly different from previous passwords.

 

Your passwords are the most common way to prove your identity when using websites, email accounts and your computer itself (via User Accounts). The use of strong passwords is therefore essential in order to protect your security and identity. The best security in the world is useless if a malicious person has a legitimate user name and password.

The Risk of Using Weak Passwords

  • People impersonating you to commit fraud and other crimes, including:
    • Accessing your bank account
    • Purchasing items online with your money
    • Impersonating you on social networking and dating sites
    • Sending emails in your name
    • Accessing the private information held on your computer

Looking After Your Passwords

  • Never disclose your passwords to anyone else. If you think that someone else knows your password, change it immediately.
  • Don't enter your password when others can see what you are typing.
  • Change your passwords regularly.
  • Use a different password for every website. If you have only one password, a criminal simply has to break it to gain access to everything.
  • Don’t recycle passwords (for example password2, password3).
  • If you must write passwords down in order to remember them, make sure they are meaningless to, and unusable by other people by writing them in code (substituting the characters in your password with others that you can remember, or easily work out).
  • Do not send your password by email. No reputable firm will ask you to do this.

A study showed that the most used passwords in 2014 were:

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345
  4. 12345678
  5. qwerty
  6. 123456789
  7. 1234
  8. baseball
  9. dragon
  10. football

All of these passwords would be cracked instantly.

If you are not sure how secure your password please visit these websites:

 and you will find how strong your password is and how long it would take to crack your password.

Password Storing Tools

So we learn that we should use a different password on every website that we use. Many of us would struggle to remember all the passwords and even usernames. The good news is that are some tools that can help in that process. In this section we will discuss some tools that we can use that can store usernames and passwords in a secure way. 

 

KeePass for Windows

 

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