A strong password is your deadbolt or
alarm system for your computer, whether at home or work.
It can keep hackers at bay and perhaps thwart an unwanted
But many of us have multiple passwords,
and for that matter, multiple login names, that can tax
our short-term memories. To make it easier on ourselves,
we tend to use the same password and/or login name. This
may leave us susceptible to password attacks especially
among thieves who adopt increasingly smarter password
cracking software and other devices to gain access. The
combination of poor passwords and automated attacks means
that in just 110 attempts, a hacker will typically gain
access to one new account every second or a mere 17 minutes
to break into 1,000 accounts according to Imperva, a
data security company, in a 2010 white paper.
Building a better password
Is it time to bolster your security? These tips may help.
Use at least eight characters.
Mix in, with your characters, upper-
and lower-case letters, numbers and special characters
such as *&$!^. Note: if there is only one letter
or special character, it should not be either the first
or last character in the password.
Refrain from using a name or slang
word or any part of your name (first and last) or your
Take a sentence or saying and use
it as a password, suggests Bruce Schneir, a cryptographer,
computer security specialist and author. An example:
This little piggy went to market can become
Password Security in the Workplace
Having a strong personal password is important; a strong
one for work is essential. Hackers can strike gold a
million times over by breaking into company computers
that contain customer and employee personal information.
Here are some safe habits to follow
in your workplace.
Follow your companys password
policy. Changing your password every 90 days, as is
the custom of some places, can be challenging, but
its there to protect you and the information
in the companys system.
Once you have created your password,
dont store it in an apparent place in your office
such as under your keyboard or your phone.
Avoid using personal information
as your password. Some people choose spouse or childrens
names as their password which can be readily found
by thieves via your social media site.
If possible use different passwords
for different sites. Think of a password like a key
and a hacker then has the key to get what they want.
The Top Worst Passwords
Now that youve learned how to build a better, more
secure password, youll be able to understand why
the following are considered the worse.