Create a hacker-proof password

HADLEY, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Do you do on-line shopping? On-line banking? Have a web-based e-mail account? Is the password the same for all those? You might want to pay attention to Scott Fontaine of Valley Computer Works . He tells you how to create a hacker-proof password.

Make sure you don’t have personal information in your password. Unfortunately, especially with parents, they put their kids names. Your own name, birthday and everything. With Facebook, these days, it is very, very easy to find that information. It is very easy to crack your password if they know that.

We have actually created a demo password, Mass appeal.

It is not exactly the best. One of the first things we will take a look at is that the length of the password is actually okay. For the most part, you want about eight characters or more on it. So this is all right.

However, like i said, it is too personal. It is awfully familiar. Avoid anything that is familiar.

One of the things that we are going to look at is, what you want to do, you can paraphrase the password.

For instance, instead of Mass Appeal, what you want to do is take the first letters of each of these words make that in your password. So i love watching wwlp in the — nope. In the morning.

Now, there is no way that anybody can figure that out.

Exactly we are at a good length. Now, to make it more secure, we want to also incorporate different characters into it. Capital letter, numbers.

A lot of stuff is case sensitive. It is almost impossible to figure this out.

Now, this day and age, there is a lot of programs that require using the name and password. Iit is never good to have the same password for all of them. Your bank, e-mail, all of that stuff. If they figure one out then you have the same, it compromises all of them.

What you want to do is create a different one for each one. Now because there are so many, find a way to remember it.

I very much hate when I see people with post-it notes under the keyboard with all of their passwords. Is that you at home? It drives me crazy as an IT professional. There are great programs out there. Program called robo form that is very good. Enter in user name and password. One master password that saves all of them. If you can remember one password, you have a good chance of getting all of them.

Having the same user name it is not as risky as keeping the same password. If you have different user names obviously you are still a bit more secure than you would be. But you don’t run the same risk as having the same password. It is okay. But if you want to be more secure, certainly have different users.

How often should i change my password?

Well, now it has been up for debate. Some people say 30 days. For the most part, 60-90. If you keep it for too long, you have the same password for a year, you are playing against the odds on that. It is only a matter of time, no matter how difficult. The more you change it, the better off you are. You don’t have to change it a whole lot. It can be simple as lower case as making something lower case that was upper case.

When it comes to on-line, with a web-based e-mail accounts, you see spam e-mails that come, it just got an attachment in it. Nothing in the body of the e-mail or the body of the e-mail just has a url. These are, it is usually spam oftentimes.

There really isn’t too much harm in opening the e-mail and seeing what it contains. It is when people then click the url that has from someone who says, check out this picture or something and redirected to a virus or something along the lines. Attachment that has a picture. Turns out to not be a picture. It really is a matter of common sense.  Realize what it is that you are opening. If it looks fishy, you shouldn’t open it.

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