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The importance of a good password

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With today’s technology, you have the capability to store your entire recorded life for a given period on your laptop, phone, or tablet. Protecting access to your data with adequate encryption and passwords is essential. Surprisingly, despite the risks, this is one of the most often disregarded steps when users are considering personal data security.

The vast majority of cases involving stolen information have occurred when a thief correctly guesses the victim’s password. The takeaway from this fact is that simple passwords just do not cut it. Steer clear of using standard words, names of close friends & family, phone numbers, and birthdays.
Brute force attacks use dictionaries and word banks to guess passwords at an extremely fast rate. For example, the US Government’s National Security Agency can brute force at a rate of one trillion guesses per second, and the average tech-savvy thief operates at ~100,000 guesses per second. So, avoid using words found in dictionaries at all cost, even if those words are from dictionaries in a language you yourself cannot speak.

 

Here are some suggestions for when you are creating your next password, or managing your existing accounts:

-Keep your passwords at least 16->20 characters long.

-Ensure passwords are not easy to spot while typing (eg. Something like “asdfghjkl” can be easily spotted), and keep an eye out for those over-the-shoulder snoopers!

-Use a combination of upper and lower case letters, as well as numbers, punctuation marks, and symbols.

-Use the first letter of a phrase that has an important meaning to you, eg. “Humpty dumpty sat on a wall, humpty dumpty had a great fall” would be “hdsoawhdhagf” (don’t forget to add a few memorable numbers and symbols to that phrase).

-Intentionally misspell words or phrases, eg. “RausageSoll2148762” instead of “SausageRoll2148762”.

-Change shorter passwords every 90 days, and NEVER reuse old passwords!

-Write your longer passwords down and keep them in a safe, just in case your memory fails you.

 

If a data thief gets hold of your passwords, they can very quickly gain access to your messages, emails, photos, bank account information, credit card information, and all the other confidential information you store on a particular device.
Data thieves can not only clear out your savings, they can run up charges in your name on credit cards they have fraudulently created using your personal information.
Extreme consequences can be avoided with a small change in the way you think about your password security.

 

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