Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Password Protection Hints

I don't know about you, but there are so many places where I have to enter a password on a website. My mind goes crazy trying to remember them all. Here are some tips which I received in a Max Secure Software Team newsletter which I had signed up for at  http://www.maxpcsecure.com/

1.  Create random passwords.  A password should not be all letters, or all numbers.   The password should be a random mix of letters, numbers and even characters; anything on the keyboard is fair game.   Sometimes it is difficult to remember random passwords, so try to use a sentence you can remember. For example, I Like To Spend My Weekend Shopping and use first letter of each word and replace S with $ sign. So your password will be ILT$MW$

2.  Keep your password secret.   Since your password allows access to extremely valuable data, guard it carefully. Don’t share it with others or enter it in front of those you can’t trust. Don’t write your password down and carry it around in your purse or wallet.

3.  Don’t store it on your computer in an unencrypted file. Beware of sharing passwords over email, instant messenger, or the phone.

4. Change your password frequently, at least once in every 3 months.  Frequent password change can also reduce the risk caused by accidental exposure of a password.

Lynda and Howard Lerner
Inn Caring
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