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Passwords - Strong Security Tips

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This Week, Windows Secrets, by Brian Livingston with Fred Langa features an article by Contributing Editor: Becky Waring "Gmail Flaw shows value of strong passwords", in which good sense and good ideas about strong password protection is presented in an easy to read and well-organized manner.

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The recent news-worthy information included is an example of why these password principles should be used on a regular bais.

Read it here: http://windowssecrets.com/comp/090806/

 

Read more about these tips:

  • DO use a password manager
  • DO change passwords frequently.
  • DO keep your passwords secret
  • DON'T use passwords comprised of dictionary words, birthdays, family and pet name
  • DON'T use the same password for different sites.
  • DON'T allow your computer to automatically sign in on boot-up
  • DON'T use the "remember me" or automatic signin option
  • DON'T enter passwords on a computer you don't control
  • DON'T access password-protected accounts over open Wi-Fi networks...unless the site is secured via https. Use a VPN if you travel a lot.
  • DON'T enter a password or even your account name in any Web page you access via an e-mail link.
Keep safer out there, folks.

 

Best Regards

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Yep very good advice

 

Mine 8 to 32 characters upper lower case never in sequence

 

I think that all sites should take the cap of how many characters

one can use in a passord, I have left a couple of sites that only allowed 5

 

Bear

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KRAM,

 

No. It is not.

And it is not even funny to lead the more naive to think that strong password(s) are not important. :nono:

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I read that techtalk article and certainly it makes good sense, however I have to query the practical aspect.

Make the password as long as possible, mix it up as much as possible, and only keep it in your head?

 

Yeah right, in an ideal world where we all have a photographic memory...

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Andrew,

 

The Windows Secrets article link offers some password safe utilities.

I don't use a password safe utility myself, because I use "system" generation of passwords keyed to sites I log into and that I can remember the generational formula instead of the exact password.

 

Other specific passwords I keep written on paper in a secure location.

 

(No. Not taped to my monitor screen. :D )

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Other specific passwords I keep written on paper in a secure location.

 

 

 

You and me both Doug. The little black book comes back into fashion again.

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Those interested may find this application hosted on source forge useful

 

 

Password Safe

 

 

For those interested I would suggest reading Applied Cryptography

 

 

Bear

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