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Password Security - Stop hackers breaking into your computer


Tojans and other malicious software cause 98% of security breaches

Weak passwords enable hackers and bots to gain access to YOUR computers or website.

Any password creation or reset should follow general security safety.

Please save your logins in a safe place, not in the email program you use and delete this email form your email softwar

Avoid Common Passwords

  1. DO NOT use the same password for every account. Its all to easy for hackers to break easy passwords and they are always looking for ways into a server or your computer.
  2. DO NOT use real words. If the word you use can be found in the dictionary, it's not a strong password.
  3. If you use numbers or letters in the order they appear on the keyboard ("1234" or "qwerty"), it's not a strong password.
  4. DO NOT use names. If it's the name of your relatives, your kids, or your pet, favorite team, or city of your birth, guess what—it's not a strong password.
  5. DO NOT use important dates. If it's your birthday, anniversary, date of graduation, even your car license plate number, it's not a strong password. It doesn't matter if you follow this with another number. These are all things hackers would try first. They write programs to check these kinds of passwords first.
  6. Other terms to avoid: "god," "money," "love," "monkey," "letmein," and for the love of all that's techie, if you use "password" as your password, just sign off the Internet right now!

How to Build Strength

To create a strong password, you should use a string of text that mixes numbers, letters that are both lowercase and uppercase, and special characters. It should be eight characters, preferably many more. A lot more. The characters should be random, and not follow from words, alphabetically, or from your keyboard layout.

So how do you make such a password?

  1. Spell a word backwards. (Example: Turn "New York" into "kroywen.")
  2. Use l33t speak: Substitute numbers for certain letters. (Example: Turn "kroywen" into "kr0yw3n.")
  3. Randomly throw in some capital letters. (Example: Turn "kr0yw3n" into "Kr0yw3n.")
  4. Don't forget the special character. (Example: Turn "Kr0yw3n" into "Kr0yw3^.")

You don't have to go for the obvious and use "0" for "o," or "@" for "a," or "3" for "e," either. As long as your replacement makes sense to you, that's all that matters. A "^" for an "n" makes sense to me.

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