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Passwords

June 21st, 2012

To protect the privacy of data on a system passwords or pass phrases along with a username. This allows you to identify yourself to the system and to verify that you are who you say you are.

There are some very important things to remember about passwords:-

1. Do not tell your passwords anyone. If you are asked by someone for your password, and you are in doubt about their identity the best reaction is to say ‘no’. if they tell are a system administrator they are more than likely not telling the truth as they should already have access to this information.

2. When choosing your password, don’t choose something that others could simply guess. Don’t use the name of your spouse or cat, or the company name printed on your computer or monitor. While the best thing would be a random string of characters and numbers and even special characters, if you really need something that is easy to remember, take parts of words and combine them into something that you can still speak, but that gives no sense. Attach a few numbers to it to be on the safer side.

3. Don’t write your password down on a ‘post-it’ attached to your screen, or anywhere on your workspace. If you need to write it down, put the paper with it into your wallet, but never anywhere visible.

4. Don’t save a file with all your passwords on your computer. If you can’t remember them all, write them down. If you really want to save them in a file, encrypt that file. There are many good free utilities that will allow you to safely store your passwords. One such program is available from this site: http://keepass.info/.

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