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Sunday 13 de May de 2018

Password Managers

 

Aside from using a password generator to create strong passwords, it is also strongly advised that people avoid using the same password for all of their accounts, to prevent all of them from being intruded into in case one is compromised. Unfortunately, it becomes an issue of security VS usability if a person has to juggle anywhere between 5 to 20(!) different passwords for all of his accounts. Add the fact that a safe password would require him to use lengthy words that are not easy to memorize means that the chances of him forgetting several are very large.

In the past, people have tried to prevent this problem by writing down their passwords. However, this creates another level of security risk. It is a lot easier for a written password to be misplaced and to fall in the wrong ...

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Sunday 13 de May de 2018

Tips For Creating a Strong Password

Strong password

 

  • Go for length. Try to make sure that your password is not shorter than 12 characters. If an intruder is trying to use brute force method in cracking your password, which means his software has to try out every possible combination of keys, every single key in your password greatly increases the number of keys that he has to go through.
  • Avoid words that can be found in the dictionary. There are password-cracking softwares that use a dictionary for testing matches, and if you use a word that is in there, chances are your account if going to be intruded in less than a day.
  • Avoid using obvious or weak passwords. Aside from dictionary passwords, you should also avoid using the default ones such as password, admin, default, etc. As a general rule ...
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Saturday 12 de May de 2018

If we’re only talking about passwords in general, regardless of the medium in which they are used, we can safely assume that safe passwords have been around even before recorded history, right around the time when men have started doing organized lookouts. However, in the context of computers, the first system that had a login command and requested a password was introduced in 1961 in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This early type of time-sharing computer turns off the printing mechanism after typing PASSWORD so that an individual may type his password discreetly.  

It is surprising to know that even with all the advances in secret key and public key cryptosystems, strong password authentication still remains a problem today. As negative as it may sound, the history of pass...

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