20 December 2008

Creating And Maintaining Strong Passwords

Passwords are essential for the security of your computer, private data,
and everything else that you define as a sensitive information that needs
to be protected against those who are not authorized to view and modify it.
The purpose of this article is to briefly explore various strategies,
as well as provide you with recommendations in a process of creating
and maintaining strong passwords.

1 - Your password must be at least 6 characters long, possesing a
combination of small, capital letters, numbers and characters like
(!@#$%^&*(), which will result in one pretty strong and
hard to crack password.

2 - Do not use dictionary words, or an obvious sequence of keyboard
characters as aaa123bbb, 12345678 etc

3 - Changing your password as often as possible on a monthly
basis would be great.

4 - Do not share your password and ID with anyone, pretending
to be a Customer Support staff members etc. Don't get fooled and
remember that no one can force you into telling your ID and password.

5 - Do not use the same password on the other computer,
service etc as once revealed it would definitely compromise
the Security of all other systems and services.

6 - Do not write your passwords on any papers, notes etc do your
best and memorize them, no matter how secret the place you've
hidden the note is, this is highly insecure way of storing accounting data.

7 - Before entering your ID and password make sure nobody is
watching you. Instead of using the feature "Save password"
within any service or program, consider writing it each time,
as you're significally reducing the risk of someone stealing
your passwords from the computer's cache memory.

8 - Before entering your ID and password, make sure the computer is
well secured: perform trojans and keyloggers clean using popular
software programs. When leaving the computer, or the service you're
using, make sure you Logout, thus protecting the sensitive
data from malicious user, snooping around.

Remember that passwords are the first line of Security within any system.
Make sure they're strong created,and secure maintained.