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How to enhance security of Windows password

BY: planter | Category: Technology and Computers | Post Date: 2010-01-10

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Lost windows password? Your PC was harked? Having a strong Windows password is a basic step for every Windows user. In the networks, we've found that almost 30% of user passwords are easy to guess. Only the smallest group (about 9 percent of the total) are the most security conscious and select passwords which mix lower and upper case letters, numbers and punctuation, to create cryptic passwords.

Adopting strong password is one of the most effective ways to ensure system security. This article is meant to bring you several methods to enhance the security of your passwords in Windows 2000 and XP.

1. Is Dt#wm3k$c a great password?

A common myth is that totally random passwords are the best passwords. This is not true. While they may be strong passwords, they are usually difficult to remember, slow to type, and sometimes vulnerable to attacks against the password generating algorithm. It is easy to create passwords that are strong but much easier to remember by using a few simple techniques. For example, consider the password "Makeit20@password.com". This password utilizes upper and lower-case letters, two numbers, and two symbols. The password is 20 characters long and can be memorized with very little effort; perhaps even by the time you finish this article. Moreover, this password can be typed very fast. The portion "Makeit20" alternates between left and right-handed keys on the keyboard, improving speed, decreasing typos, and decreasing the chances of someone being able to discover your password by watching you.

2. Eventually Any Password Can Be Cracked

Although a password may eventually be discovered through some means, it is possible to create a password that cannot be cracked in any reasonable time. If a password is long enough, it will take so long or require so much processing power to crack it, that it is essentially the same as being unbreakable (at least for most hackers).

3. Passwords Should be Changed Every 30 Days?

Although this may be good advice for some high-risk passwords, it is not the best policy for every user. It is frustrating for a user to have to constantly think of and remember new passwords every 30 days. Rather than limiting password age, it may be better to focus on stronger passwords and better user awareness. A more realistic time for the common user may be 90-120 days.

4. You Should Never Write Down Your Password?

Although this is good advice, sometimes it is necessary to write down passwords. Users feel more comfortable creating complex passwords if they are able to write them down somewhere in case they forget. However, it is important to educate users on how to properly write down passwords. A sticky note on the monitor is not a good idea, but storing passwords in a safe or even a locked cabinet may be sufficient.

5. 14 Characters is the Optimal Password Length

Each character that you add to your password increases the protection. Your passwords should be 8 or more characters in length; 14 characters or longer is the Optimal Password Length.

Many systems also support use of the space bar in passwords, so you can create a phrase made of many words (a "pass phrase"). A pass phrase is often easier to remember than a simple password, as well as longer and harder to guess.

6. Avoid using the same password for all your accounts

If your passwords are made as the same one, when any one of them lost, your other information protected by that password will be in danger as well. It is serious to use different passwords for different systems and document ....

Some may disagree with individual points I have presented here, but that is the whole purpose, making your windows passwords more secure.

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