Just days after inadvertently triggering a public emergency system that announced a missile was heading towards the US state, officials in Hawaii have been left red-faced a second time after a photograph was released by the state emergency office which clearly showed the password for their system on a Post It note! Find out why password security is so important.
Password Security: Dos and Don’ts
Passwords are only as strong as you make them, and even if you follow all of the best practice advice to keep your password secure it is worthless if you write it down! We are amazed at how many people store the passwords to access encrypted laptops in the same bag as the machine – completely defeating the point of the security!
- Create unique passwords with a combination of words, numbers, symbols, and upper- and lower-case letters.
- Never use your username as your password.
- Don’t use easy to guess passwords, such as “password” or “1234”
- Do not choose passwords based upon personal details like your birth date, phone number, or names of children.
- Don’t use words from the dictionary. Password-cracking tools often use dictionary lists to try thousands of words.
- Don’t use adjacent keyboard combinations: “qwerty” and “asdzxc” and “123456” are trivial for a hacker to guess.
- Avoid using the same password for multiple logins.
- Don’t store your passwords on your computer in plain text – maybe write a clue only you will know if you do need your memory jogged from time to time.
- Change passwords regularly to make life harder for anyone attempting to steal your data.
Most important of all, never share your computer login details with anyone else – even family or co-workers. If you do so your password is no longer secure, and most companies consider password sharing to be a serious disciplinary offence – not to mention you will be held responsible for any computer misuse if you shared your password!
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