I know this is basic stuff, but apparently we still need education on choosing a good password. It amazes me to know that if I ever wanted to log on to a client’s workstation, I can usually do this by entering their last name, their spouses name, their pet’s name, or just type “password1.” If these methods fail, I could just read the yellow sticky note attached to their computer or lying in their desk drawer.
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Forget worrying about genius hackers with brilliant techniques for breaking into your system. Why would a hacker need to know how to break into a system when they could simply logon, and not even risk detection? No matter how strong your security is, it can always be trumped by a poorly chosen password that is easily susceptible to brute force attacks or social engineering. So let’s go over the rules again.
Your password should not be:
What your password could be: