Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Password Security – For Sure Shot IT Security

In this world of Internet, maximum people opt in for activities like online banking. Most people keep their information on email accounts, thinking that it is easily accessible. Though it is a stupid thing to do, it is true. However, in this process of creating your online accounts, bank and credit card, you are likely to gather many passwords. Well these passwords are to protect all your information certainly all these passwords are not very secure. Actually, unless you protect your passwords, your personal data could be at great risk.


Mostly people are reckless with their passwords. They write them down on papers or diaries. If written down on sheets of paper, they are not protected, as such with due care. Mostly are kept in unlocked desk drawers. People usually create passwords, which are easy for code cracker or hackers to track. We here at SaveMySystem offer some help on how to protect your passwords properly.

First, create secure passwords, strong passwords; as the weak passwords even encrypted ones are easy to hack. There are certain rules to make strong passwords. Firstly, never use birth dates or your names. Also never, use children's names, license plate number, etc. It is recommended never to create passwords of trivial patterns such "ABCDEF","555555555".These can be easily hacked using hacking programs that would crack easy passwords in a matter of seconds.


The term "strong password," refers to two aspects: one the length and secondly, a good mix of characters. Longer passwords are more secure. Think out of the box, if you can, choose a set that has a combination of symbols, numbers, and letters. Here, do not make combination of your names and birthdates. These too are predictable and can be easily cracked. After creating a strong password, you should keep it safe. After all, they lead to your personal data so protect it.


Note down a few do-not. Primarily do not store your passwords in unprotected areas, or on the extended storage devices like USB flash drive, CD Medias, etc. These storage devices can be lost easily or any one can tamper with them. Never tell your password to any one. Also never, store them on the net using mails. These can be accessed easily. Hackers using traps like asking you to verify a password and other testimonials can acquire these.  

It is better not to use the same password for all.  Make sure that the changed passwords are distinctive for each account and login. Yes, it takes few minutes, but not a pain to save a life's worth of data. Furthermore, regularly change your passwords. For more information on IT security or IT management, you can log on to Save My System website. For various Operating System updates News updates get to Save My System.