Password Security & how NOT to get Burned....
The password holds all the keys to your empire, or your hovel, but hey it's YOUR hovel
right? With all of the Phishing and other scams on Ebay & the internet, the right
knowledge to choose and create a STRONG password is essential.
Did you know there are programs that routinely try to crack a password, whether for
EBAY or other, by random letter scanning of the account. Eventually, if the password is
weak, the hackster will break into your account and TAKE OVER! This could be a
nightmare in the best scenario.
This applies to Ebay and any other important accounts that you have like:
2. Photo & File Hosting Site
3. Auction Management Site
4. Gmail or other email site
The list goes on and on, each of the above sites requires a password for access and
signup. That's alot of passwords! This is the reason why so many people have
INSECURE passwords for their accounts, it's sometimes tough to keep track of different
passwords. What most people end up doing (if they think at all about their Password
Passwords created by:
* Easily remembered names, dates, spouses, ex spouses (don't ask), or even their
dogs names :)
* Their own name, with the EXTRA security of adding 01, 02, 03, etc to the end of
it (you know you're out there!)
* Their email addresses
* Any combination of the above
I'm going to show you how to create STRONG passwords for all of your logins, what to
do & what not to do.
Here's some supposedly strong passwords, and some not so strong ones.
Example #1, the password is: mydoglikespam Let's test this one out eh?
Example #2, the password is: greeneggs
Example #3, the password is: greeneggs01
Better, but not that great, let's try some more....
Example #4, the password is: here'sjohnny999
WOW, pretty secure, however it's secure because of the special character in there, the in
here's and most sites do not allow special characters, soooo
Let's try something like,
Example #5, password is: mYeBaYaucTions8
It's easy to remember and is very secure, a combination of uppercase and lowercase,
along with a number.
So the bottom line key to password selection is it needs to have letters, numbers, and a
combination of upper and lower case letters, along with the length greater than 8
Here's some more in-depth guidelines regarding password selection and security:
Do the Following:
* Make the Password At Least Eight Characters Long — The longer the
password is, the better. If you are using MD5 passwords, it should be 15
characters long or longer. With DES passwords, use the maximum length
— eight characters.
* Mix Upper and Lower Case Letters — Red Hat Linux is case sensitive, so
by mixing cases, you will enhance the strength of the password.
* Mix Letters and Numbers — Adding numbers to passwords, especially
when added to the middle (not just at the beginning or the end), can
enhance password strength.
* Include Non-Alphanumeric Characters — Special characters such as &,
$, and > can greatly improve the strength of a password.
* Pick a Password You Can Remember — The best password in the world
does you little good if you cannot remember it. So use acronyms or other
mnemonic devices to aid in memorizing passwords.
DON'T DO the Following:
* Do Not Use Only Words or Numbers — You should never use solely numbers or
words in a password.
* Do Not Use Recognizable Words — Words such as proper names, dictionary
words, or even terms from television shows or novels should be avoided, even if
they are bookended with numbers.
* Do Not Use Words in Foreign Languages — Password cracking programs often
check against word lists that encompass dictionaries of many languages. Relying
on foreign languages for secure passwords is of little use.
* Do Not Use Hacker Terminology — If you think you are elite because you use
hacker terminology — also called l337 (LEET) speak — in your password, think
again. Many word lists include LEET speak.
* Do Not Use Personal Information — Steer clear of personal information. If the
attacker knows who you are, they will have an easier time figuring out your
password if it includes information such as:
o Your name
o The names of pets
o The names of family members
o Any birth dates
o Your phone number or zip code
* Do Not Invert Recognizable Words — Good password checkers always reverse
common words, so inverting a bad password does not make it any more secure.
* Do Not Write Down Your Password — Never store your password on paper. It is
much safer to memorize it.
* Do Not Use the Same Password For All Machines — It is important that you
make separate passwords for each machine. This way if one system is
compromised, all of your machines will not be immediately at risk.
Thanks and good luck, hoping you never get hacked, hijacked, phished (is that even the
right term?), scammed or any other -ed :))
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