Saturday, January 13, 2007

Secure Passwords Keep You Safer

Ever since I wrote about the 34,000 MySpace passwords I analyzed, people have been asking how to choose secure passwords.

Read more from Bruce Schneier HERE.

These articles keep appearing on a regular basis. I think that is a good thing - if they appeared in the correct media. As I have mentioned before, these blogs/publications/articles are preaching to the converted. Most computer users are totally ignorant of the dangers they face and educating them is a huge task. The print media are all to happy to sensationalise stories like the one below, but they would never consider an article on the dangers of going online and computer security on Page 3.

The recent case of Julie Amero, the hapless substitute teacher who has been convicted for a porn spyware infestation on a classroom computer and is now facing up to 40 years in prison highlights theproblem. Mixing an obvious abuse of the court system (the twinkie defense) with an arguably legitimate defense (spyware), an argument ignored by an apparently computer-illiterate court (and the defense lawyer admitted that he also is computer illiterate).

Read more HERE.


Password checker - Microsoft Online Tool

Your online accounts, computer files, and personal information are more secure when you use strong passwords to help protect them. Test the strength of your passwords: Enter a password in the text box to have Password Checker help determine its strength as you type.

I tried a few of mine that I thought were pretty tight. Bill told me that they were only rated as "Medium" strength. I then told him what I really thought of him and his online checker. He did not respond. I strengthened my passwords.

Try your passwords HERE.


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