Secure Passwords

Secure Password
Wh@t the H3!! !s My P@ssw0rd?

It seems like you can’t do anything these days without a pin or password, and each site has a different format requirement (letters & numbers, special characters, 8 character minimum, etc). So how are you suppose to remember them all?

Most people choose simple passwords that are easy to remember. The problem is they are also easy to hack. According to a study by Norton, nearly half of Internet users do not use complex passwords.

Most Common Passwords:
  1. password
  2. 123456
  3. 12345678
  4. abc123
  5. qwerty
  6. letmein
  7. iloveu
  8. trustno1
  9. welcome
  10. dragon
  11. ninja
  12. jesus
  13. monkey
  14. football
  15. password1
Tips to create a Secure Password
  • No Dictionary Words
  • No Personal Information (Names, Dates, Telephone#’s, etc.)
  • Length (longer is better)
  • Change your passwords often
  • Keep them in a secure location (not on a post-it note beside your computer)

And now they make you add numbers…
Trying to create one password that will work on all the sites you visit will be very difficult if not impossible due to conflicting password policies.

Websites have different password policies:
  • Minimum of 8 characters / Maximum of 8 characters
  • Must use upper & lower case letters
  • Must include numbers / Cannot include numbers
  • Must include special characters / Cannot include special characters
  • Cannot start with a number
  • Cannot include spaces
  • Passwords expire after certain time period
  • Cannot use previous three passwords

It’s enough to make you want to scream, beat your computer with a hammer, or search for hard liquor. But there is hope! If remembering passwords is difficult for you, then OpenID may be a solution.

Create One Master Password

OpenID

OpenID Foundation http://openid.net
OpenID allows you to use an existing account to sign in to multiple websites, without needing to create new passwords.You may already have an OpenID.

 

If you use any of the following services, you already have your own OpenID:
  • AOL
  • Blogger
  • FaceBook
  • Flickr
  • Google
  • LiveJournal
  • MySpace
  • PayPal
  • Verisign
  • WordPress
  • Yahoo

For Web Developers:

Add OpenID to your website
There are plugins for WordPress and Drupal, as well as code libraries for most languages.