How Safe Is Your Password?

Feb 01, 2008 @ 05:17 pm by HackingManual

In the digital age where your entire life can be turned upside down by a hacker it’s a good time to evaluate how safe your password really is. Don’t believe me? If I wanted access to your bank account it would be a lot easier for me to get into your email account first. Once I did that I could request a new password from the bank to your email. I  could also gain access to all of your other accounts.

Keeping your accounts secure.

1. Don’t use your passwords on public wireless networks. Hackers can capture the data on public networks and retrieve passwords if they are not encrypted.
2. Don’t use your passwords on public computers. Probably 80% of computers are infected with some sort of virus or Spyware. Spyware can record your passwords and send them to hackers, who in turn sell the logins and credit cards for cash.
3. Use Anti Virus and Anti Spyware software. Make sure your computer is clean. I would recommend using Avira, Spyware Doctor, Malwarebytes and Spybot Search and Destroy. Be sure to enable immuziation on spybot every time you update.
4. Don’t use the same password for every account. If I was standing over your shoulder and caught a glimpse of your passwords or got lucky with a key logger I would now have access to all of your accounts.

5. Use a password Manager Like Scarabay Don’t put all of your passwords in a word file. Instead use a password manager like scarabay which is encrpted with a password. Scarabay also has several other features such as Drag and Drop passwords in Astrick form. So you don’t have to worry about typing them and having a keylogger retrive them or someone standing over your shoulder.  It also includes a password generator and on on screen keyboard(once again to protect against keyloggers)

6. Change your passwords often. Like once every 3 months. The longer a password has been around the longer a chance there is of it getting compromised.

7. Create Strong passwords. Weak passwords can easily be cracked by rainbow tables. Strong passwords should include a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. The password should be around 8-14 characters, the longer the better. Check how strong your current password is with microsoft’s password checker.

8. Make sure your secret questions are just a secure as your passwords. How secret is your secret question?

9. Protect your wireless network

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