Password Security

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Your identity is based on your passwords. Let’s be clear about something. It’s all about your identity when it comes to passwords. In our passwords, we have a tendency to expose ourselves. We sometimes choose the name or date of birth of a loved one; use an address, telephone or even a bank PIN number; use a favorite pop star, actor or team of football names. Some people are smart enough not to use personal references, instead opting for a phrase that is too short, a dictionary word, or a name or word spelled backward.

Passwords are used to gain access to a number of different computer services. You must have the magic word every time you connect; you must show you are who you say you are. If anyone else guesses or steals your password, they can impersonate you, giving them access to your files, e-mail, funds, sensitive information, and more. They might alter or delete your files, send threatening or insulting emails in your name, or force you to pay for unwanted services. As a result, one of the most critical cornerstones of information security is the security of your passwords. It cannot be overstated.

PINs (Personal Identification Numbers) (Personal Identity Numbers)

4 digit PINs are the standard method for accessing many of your financial transactions in Ireland. A simple four-digit PIN is needed for credit cards, debit cards (laser), Internet banking, your weekly lottery, and even mobile phones. Your transactions will be safe thanks to a few easy measures.

What is the process of creating a password?

A password is a type of secret authentication data used to limit access to a computer resource. Those that are not given access are kept in the dark about the password, and those who wish to obtain access are checked to see whether they know it and either granted or refused access accordingly.

Passwords have been used since the dawn of time. Sentries stationed at a specific location will ask for a password. They wouldn’t let someone in unless they knew the password. Passwords are now used to monitor access to secure computer operating systems, cell phones, and automated teller machines (ATMs), among other things. Passwords are needed for a variety of tasks by a normal computer user, including logging into accounts, downloading e-mail from servers, accessing files, databases, networks, and web pages, and even reading the morning newspaper online.

Symptoms or Warning Signs that your password has been compromised

• You’ve entered personal information, such as passwords and user names, on a website or responded to an email, but something doesn’t feel correct. Remember that legitimate businesses would never ask for your password or PIN.

• You receive reports about non-delivery or non-payment of products for which you have no responsibility.

• The bill for your credit card/laser card contains an unidentified object. Always double-check your claims.

• You can’t log into a website with your regular password, even if you’ve double- and triple-checked that you’ve entered the right user name and password. It’s possible that a suspect or malicious person has signed in under your name and changed your password.

• The message on your phone answering service has irritated your relatives. Your mobile phone, for example, has a normal default Pin that allows a legitimate or malicious individual to log into your message center and alter your message information. Adjust the default PIN that comes with your phone every time you use it.

What do you avoid doing?

Don’t use passwords that are too easy to guess.

Weak passwords should be avoided at all costs. This translates to:

• Use the Default password or no password at all.

• It will be simple to crack using a popular dictionary term.

• Something that is simple to figure out if you have any prior experience. For instance, favorite football team, birthday, name of spouse, and so on.

• Since “Password” is the most commonly used password, it’s a no-brainer to stop it.

• Never write down a password.

What does a Bad Password entail?

It’s never a good idea to use a password that’s easy to guess.

Anfield – Trafford – Croke Park

Pool – Dubs – the cats – Man Utd.

Pairc a Crocaigh, Gaillimh, Atha Cliath

Uncle Jack – Aunty Phil – Granny Mary

KatieJan04 was born on May 1, 1956, and died on January 2, 2007. (or variations thereof)

Sophia Loren, Paul Newman, and Brad Pitt, to name a few.

PINs (Personal Identification Numbers)

1111, 1234, 6789 1189, 1111

• Never use the same PIN, or your phone or PDA, you got when opening the account.

• Should you never use the same PIN on every account, credit card, phone, laser and so on?

• Never type or hold your PIN in your bag or diary?

• Make sure you don’t easily guess if you decide on a password.

• Changing your password instantly if you think someone else may know your password.

• When you type your password, make sure nobody is near you. When entering it in an ATM or a store, keep your PIN.

• Never let someone else know about your passwords.

• If others can see what you are typing, don’t enter your password or pin. Recall the most harm is caused by a malicious user with a legitimate password.

• For various services and accounts, use various passwords. They have, in particular, a unique banking password.

• Periodically modify your passwords.

• None of login recycle (e.g. password2, password3).

• Do not write down passwords.

• NEVER send in or disclose your password on the phone. No respectable company’s going to ask you to.

What’s a nice password, then? It is a good choice to have a poem line or a song line. Join a punctuation character of two unrelated words. Substitute numbers for vowels.

Some examples are presented here.

• Table3&Cha1r; or Table3&Size1m3

Use the word “I am married with two children John and Mary” that is unique to you. Easy to remember, impossible to guess. • Use a phrase unique to you.

• Is 7 characters tall, or at least. It is harder to guess or to break longer passwords.

• Contains a mix of letters, numbers and symptoms (i.e. ! @) from the top to the bottom $% & $%?).

• Bear in mind that, as you fly, it can be difficult to enter some of these punctuation marks on international keyboards.

• Regularly change your password.