How to Frustrate Password Crackers: 8 Tips

Written by Mike Delaney

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4. Make every password AT LEAST 6 characters long.

5. Use a mix of upper- and lowercase letters, and numbers -- and, if allowed, include symbols, i.e., "Hammer*shreW" or "booKbuicK-720". The more variety your password contains,repparttar less likely that it will be guessed.

6. Do not use a single word as your entire password. At several hundred guesses per second, my software could (and often did) go through entire unabridged dictionary files, many megabytes in size, and in several languages in no time. Combine two unrelated words, such as bookbuick or hammershrew.

7. Change your password frequently ifrepparttar 132039 site gives you that option.

8. Do not userepparttar 132040 same username/password combination at multiple sites.

I've grown out of "PassBandit", and it no longer holds a thrill for me. Instead, I've hoppedrepparttar 132041 fence and teach loss prevention topics. But there are thousands of "PassBandit"s out there looking to get your into your website stash. Don't make it easy for them.

Mike Delaney is a shoplifting prevention trainer with over 20 years experience as an expert shoplifter, and almost 10 years stopping them. He is the author of "How to Beat Shoplifters and Increase Profits", offered by Bison Creek Author Services,


Written by Bob Osgoodby

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I will not accept an .exe file, a .doc file or a .zip file and neither should you... UNLESS it is from a reputable, known source and you have specifically requested this information.

We, for example, haverepparttar Eudora software available at our Web Site and are authorized distributors. I personally have used this program without problem for quite some time, andrepparttar 132038 same software I use is available there. Does this mean you should accept unsolicited files from friends - NO! They could unwittingly be infected and could passrepparttar 132039 virus along to you.

Blocking all attachments is not realistic. The maxim you should follow is simple - don't download files unless you have requested them - but let's face it, if you receive an unsolicited attachment, be wary but don't panic. It can't hurt you unless you open it.

Rather than simply rejecting any e-mail with an attachment, you would probably be better served by first getting a good virus protection program, and then examine each one on a case by case basis.

You should automatically delete anything that ends with vbs, .bat, .zip, .exe, .pif , and .scr files. Regardless of how they may look, don't be fooled with an attachment that looks like something else. The "Love-Letter-For-You" virus looked like a text file when it arrived and it could have been thought to be one. The attachment however ended in .vbs. and arrived withrepparttar 132040 attachment name Love-Letter-For-You.TXT.vbs.

If you take reasonable care, you should be safe from real viruses. Don't spread false rumors about viruses that are actually hoaxes, as they will spread like wildfire, and cause a lot of people undue concern.

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