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Are you the weak link?

By Dan Hadaway | Sunday, January 31, 2010 - Leave a Comment

Or do you use strong passwords?

You must use strong passwords to beat cracker software, which is software that bad guys use to guess passwords really fast.

A strong password has six factors:

1) Numbers like 1234…
2) Upper case letters like ABCD…
3) Lower case letters like efgh…
4) Special characters like @$%^…
5) At least eight characters long
6) No dictionary words.

That last one . . . no dictionary words . . . . is important.  Cracker software can go through the entire dictionary in less than 20 seconds now.  This means that a password like America#1 is only three characters long.  Though it has five of the six factors, it can be guessed in less than 2 minutes.

Change this password to [email protected]#1 and it should last more than 3 days.

Remember:  the reason we need to use strong passwords is to buy time in the event of a security breach.  If there is a compromise of our “network perimeter,” the bad guys can not do anything until they have a password.  If you are not using strong passwords, then you will be the weakest link in our chain!

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Infotex Team

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