Super Tips for Password Security

ImageKim Komando

Whether it’s a few PCs or hundreds on your network, there’s one thing that can separate your system from being compromised: a great password.

Why? Hackers want access to anything and everything. If they can guess your user name and password, you might as well have given them your wallet and the keys to your building.

Before we talk about what makes a good password, let’s begin with the first of five things to know and practice in using passwords.

1. Don’t be complacent: Attacks can and do happen.

Hackers are a devious bunch and will stop at nothing to get into your network and files. They use three different methods to get to you: brute force, dictionary attacks, and social engineering.

Brute force is the most time-consuming method. Basically, it involves a program that tries every combination of letters, numbers, and keyboard characters to guess your password. It starts with trying every character, then tries two-character combinations, and so on.

The longer the password is, the exponentially more difficult it becomes to crack. According to George Shaffer, a password expert, a password that is eight characters in length and utilizes lower- and upper-case letters, numbers, and keyboard characters won’t be cracked for two years. This underscores the importance of being as random as possible when choosing your password. (More tips from Shaffer on creating passwords are available at http://www.geodsoft.com/howto/password).

Another method of attack is through the use of custom dictionaries. These dictionaries are filled with words and names, but also number and letter combinations, such as 11111 and abc123. Simple passwords such as “duke” or “ilovemydog” can easily be guessed.

The third and most effective method of attack is social engineering. This involves someone with criminal intent soliciting a password directly from a user. Many people divulge their passwords to co-workers and strangers without even realizing it.

For example, most small businesses don’t have a dedicated information-technology staff. A hacker posing as someone from your company’s Internet service provider could call in and get an unsuspecting employee’s password by “testing the service.” The hacker might request the employee’s user name and password to log in and test the connection from the ISP’s end. If the hacker sounds authoritative and legitimate enough, your whole network could be compromised.

If your business rents space in a larger facility, strangers probably roam the hallways unnoticed. A few innocent questions or a watchful eye can be disastrous.

2. Know what makes for a bad password.

Because the attacks described above are becoming increasingly more common, you don’t want to use anything in your password that’s personal and easy to guess. Keep in mind the following don’ts:

  • Don’t use only letters or only numbers.

  • Don’t use names of spouses, children, girlfriends/boyfriends or pets.

  • Don’t use phone numbers, Social Security numbers or birthdates.

  • Don’t use the same word as your log-in, or any variation of it.

  • Don’t use any word that can be

    found in the dictionary — even foreign words.

  • Don’t use passwords with double letters or numbers.

Some of the worst passwords are: password, drowssap, admin, 123456, and the name of your company or department. Finally, never leave it blank. That’s a surefire way to let the bad guys into your system.

3. Get proficient at creating good passwords.

A good password is one that is easy to remember but difficult to guess. That sounds like a paradox, but it’s really not.

There are a couple of different ways to create difficult-to-crack passwords. One is substituting letters with characters and numbers. To make it easier on yourself, try to use numbers and characters that resemble the letters they are replacing.

For example, you would never want to use the word “password” as your password. If you change it to p@7sw0rd!, you’ve got something that would take some time to crack but is fairly simple to remember.

Another method is to use the first letters of the words in a favorite line of poetry or a verse of song. “Hail, hail the lucky ones, I refer to those in love” becomes “H,hTL0,IR2t1L.”

The best passwords are at least eight characters in length and use a combination of numbers, keyboard characters and upper- and lower-case letters. The longer your password is, the longer it will take someone (or more likely, some program) to crack it.

4. By all means, safeguard your password.

At first, it may be difficult to remember your password. Did you substitute an “i” with a “1” or did you use a “1” to represent “L?” Most people will want to write the password on a piece of paper and place it underneath their keyboard or mouse pad. Or worse, they’ll stick the password right on their monitor.

To help remember the password, use it immediately. Then log in and out several times the first day. Just don’t change it on a Friday or right before leaving for vacation. You could write it out several times on a piece of paper. This helps record it in your mind. Just be sure to shred the paper when done.

Invariably, there may come a time when a password has to be shared. Let’s say an employee is out of town to give a presentation but left the PowerPoint file on his desktop. You will have to get his user name and password to access that file. After you open the file, change the password and give him the new password upon his return. Then, as soon as the person gets back into the office, have him change the password again. Yes, it’s a lot of work but well worth it.

5. Change your password often—as in several times a year.

Your network administrator can force your employees to change their password every so often. Microsoft recommends having users change their passwords every 30 to 90 days, but encourages you to go with the smaller number. I think 30 days is a reasonable number here. You always want to side with caution when it comes to sensitive information.

If you’re like me, you allow your employees to do light surfing at lunch and on breaks. Encourage your employees to change their passwords to personal Web sites as well—such as to banking, Internet e-mail accounts, shopping sites, and so on. Advise them not to use the same password for all of their sites. A particularly good hacker can cause personal financial ruin by gaining access to one username and password.

Juggling all of these passwords is not easy. You might want to consider a program that can do all of this for you. Account Logon (www.accountlogon.com) and Roboform (www.roboform.com) are two well-reviewed password management programs; both offer free versions.

Now the following is an eerie thought — but it’s something that must be taken into consideration.

What if you or your network administrator dies?

Well, if you’ve used best practices when creating a password, nobody else knows your password. And it’s so complex that it could take months to crack the code or money to buy the right software for the job. Just in case, you might consider keeping a copy of all passwords in the company’s safe. As for your personal passwords, keep them stowed away somewhere along with your will.

 

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What Linkedin did to Us, Please be Informed

The much ado and claps on social media marketing for bloggers and writers of various capacities is no more news.

Having millions of web portals in the world wide web, the shout is where is the opportunity for the new blog man/woman who just came in?

The answer is simply clear; he or she have got to do things that are being shared on this blog with passion.

They are quite simple and do not require the magic call to you writing codes or using some traffic pulling software’s; nah nah nah.

Having been on the internet dream and direction for so long a time, it is what works and what others who are on our clientele list have greatly benefited we share here, no story story story; simply what works.

LinkedIn is the point of this article.

linkedin2What wrong have they done to us?      

They have simply built us niche reasonable and committed network. They have  built a family across the globe around our blog and we owe them to announce it here, so that you can think of no other way of doing social media marketing without embracing and committing most of that time to LinkedIn.

If used well, it will pull in more than enough useful traffic to your blogs and website.

As this article is being written, a peep was made aside to see our blog statistic and in few minutes, a link from LinkedIn rushed in over 10,000 visitors to our blog.

What are you waiting for, head on now to LinkedIn to maximize your blog’s potential.

You may have been there before but have not noticed its power, now you have heard it live from here, go and explode your traffic base with the super friendly LinkedIn.

Traffic Boost Your Website; Get huge number of relevant visitors

Having a great website or blog isn’t enough, considering that you built it for several reasons of which maybe to monetize it, pass information and entertain your target audience.

To catch a wide view of visitors to your websites/blogs, it is important that you know what to do and how to achieve it.

Remember the phrase “content is king”. If you know where to place some of your contents, then you will reap the harvest. Using social bookmarking sites, forums and blog commenting will do you well.

What I am about to show you will raise your traffic but my warning is that you must be prepared with a server that can accommodate it otherwise your server experiences downtime.

Sites like digg, reddit, stumbleupon, linkedin can do you wonders and can bring in a flood of 50,000 or more visits to your website daily. But you must know how to use them as I have gotten huge returns from them.

Use powerful and catchy headlines when submitting contents to these portals

Please let your content description be very meaningful, concise and useful to an intending reader

Please do not submit what is not going to benefit anybody. Your post on these portals must do exactly as you have stated it and the magic of it will pull the readers to your website seeking to know more.

Always submit to the right category and know your time (best times) to submit a post as submitting when your readers are sleeping can hurt the traffic pull.
The following channels below have also helped me reach millions of visitors. YOU SHOULD USE THEM WISELY.

About.com
Wikihow
Wikipedia
Vark.com
Google Answer
Yahoo answer
Quora.com
Blog frog
Blog guest
Website babble
Fluther.com
Blurtit.com
Wiki Answers
Yedda a.k.a AOLanswers
Backpage.com
Youtube.com
Vimeo.com
Flickr.com
Yahoo Groups
Yahoo buzz
Google buzz
Amplify.com
Blogengage.com
Bloginteract.com
Serpd.com
Blokube.com
Bizsugar.com

Never use auto submitters as they could get you banned and take you nowhere.

Lastly keep posting as not all topics do well and you never know which of your topics will blow your server and give you more clicks to more money in your account.

Goodluck

FaceBook Password Recovery

That’s a dilemma when an occasion as such arises loosing your passwords simply because you forgotten it or someone else lurked in and changed it.

Not to despair you can still recover it.  Image

Facebook is the most popular social networking site that helps people connect and share life with friends. Basically everyone has a Facebook account, as a result more and more people asking for Facebook Password hacking in the Internet just because they forgot Facebook login password.

Unfortunately, Facebook itself wouldn’t email you your password, but you can request a password reset by clicking the “Forgot your password?” link at Facebook login page. You will then receive an Email with a link to reset your Facebook password.
Method 1. Hack Facebook Password with Link Provided by Facebook

Now follow the below tutorial to reset your forgotten Facebook password:
1. Click on the “Forgot your password?” link.

2. Then you’ll be taken to a page where you have three choices to identify your Facebook account. First, enter your email or phone number. Second, enter your Facebook username. Third, enter your name and a friend’s name. Choose whichever to search for your account.

3. Security check, type the words showed in the box and then click Submit. This is used to prevent automatic hacking attempts.

4. Identify your account, if the account matched your search, click This Is My Account link.

5. Press Reset Password to require a Facebook password reset Email.

When receive the Email, follow the link to reset Facebook password.

6. Enter a new password and then confirm it. Click Change Password button.

Then you could login with a newly reset Facebook password. But if you didn’t remember your Email address or your name, then you couldn’t reset the forgotten Facebook password by this way. In this case you could also contact Facebook’s customer service at http://www.facebook.com/customer.care.point if you have any question.

Method 2. Use Firefox Browser to Do Facebook Password Hack

f you use the Firefox browser and have had your browser remember the password for you, it might be frighteningly easy. Follow the below tutorial to recover your Facebook password.

1. Click on Tools -> Options and then in the Security tab, Click on Saved Passwords button.

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2. When Saved Passwords window pops up, type Facebook in the Search box to narrow the saved site, Click on Show Passwords.

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3. Click Yes to make sure you wish to show your passwords.

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4. Then you can see your saved Facebook password.

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If you have set a master password for your Firefox and now you forgot the master password, how could you hack the forgotten Facebook password? At this time, SmartKey Facebook Password Recovery tool comes in hand.

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