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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

WHY STRONG PASSWORDS?

Strong passwords are extremely important to prevent unauthorized access to your electronic accounts and devices. The object when choosing a password is to make it as difficult as possible for a would-be intruder to identify your password, whether by educated guesses or automated attacks.


This leaves a criminal no alternative but a brute-force search, trying every possible combination of letters, numbers, and punctuation. Though intruders have access to machines that can try thousands or millions of possible passwords per second, a very complicated or very long password vastly decreases the chances an intruder will be able to guess yours.


VIDEO: Animated video on Password.

For a password to be strong and hard to break, it should:
  • Contain 6 or more characters
  • Contain characters from each of the following three groups:
1.     Letters (uppercase and lowercase) A, B, C,...; a, b, c,...
2.     Numerals 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
3.     Symbols (all characters not defined as letters or numerals) ` ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ + - = { } | [ ] \ : " ; ' < > ? , . /
  • Have at least one symbol character in the second through sixth positions.
  • Be significantly different from prior passwords.

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.