Protecting Your Passwords From Hacking

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You can have the best software and security hardware deployed at home and at the office, but if someone can easily guess your passwords, you have left the worst hole possible to hackers.

Strong passwords should be the norm. Too many people do not care about the choice of password and give themselves free rein to the simplest method used by hackers to compromise your data. You can laugh as you read that many people use the password as the password for their account. If you're one of those people who use "password", I'm sorry, but keep reading. 123456 is another commonly used system. A large number of sites that do not require strong passwords require at least six characters, which is why some lazily choose six sequences of numbers.

Systems are hacked by hackers who can easily guess passwords and for others they will use password hacking software. A password search program uses a dictionary, common password phrases, and combinations of birth dates. Once a password is decrypted, you risk losing your privacy, your identity and your financial flight. Your computer could be used by the hacker to victimize other computers.

Here are some tips for a better use of the password.

1. The longer the password is, the better it is. You may want to remember a longer password, but you can use a tip. Try to create a phrase that you will remember easily and use the first letter of the sentence. If you add numbers or characters, you will have really increased the strength. Here is an example of this technique. Say you like your mother's kitchen and who does not? "I love my mother's kitchen no matter what she does!" Ilmmcnmwsm! If you capitalize the letter I followed by lowercase letters and throw an exclamation at the end, you have created a password that is quite difficult to decipher.

2. Do not use text found in the dictionary. A password hacking program can run through millions of words in seconds. I saw them working, as part of my computer forensics training. Some password cracking programs are available for free on the Internet and others are sold, allowing you to crack specific programs.

3. I know you may not want it, but change your passwords regularly. Some recommend doing it every two or three months. Set a reminder on your calendar program.

4. If a hacker is sent to a password reset link, he will guess the answers to your security phrases. If you choose simple ones, then you've made it a little easier for hackers. Mail from Sarah Palin, candidate for vice president, would have been hacked because the hacker had researched it. According to the report, he knew his zip code, his birthday and the place where she met her husband.

Some software tools and hardware devices can help you secure your passwords. I will write about some of them in a future article. For now, use the best passwords and reinforce them.


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