PC Security Failure Could Cost You Dearly
Are You Guilty As Charged?
By Dell Hill
all guilty as charged. Well, most of us, anyway. I dare say the vast
majority of us break several rules when it comes to computer security
and I can personally vouch for the fact that’s true, based on the number
of calls I’ve handled over the past ten years to “come fix my puter”.
an effort to get online quickly, and without any hassle, we often have
software that saves our password and inserts it at the appropriate time.
We’re just too lazy to type it out. We do exactly the same thing for
password required web sites - including online banking accounts, along
with various sites we use regularly to purchase “stuff”.
Here’s an update on the “dos” and “donts” on password security, nicely packaged at Future Pundit.
Thinking About Better Passwords
identity theft and account hijacking a rampant problem think about
raising the toughness of your online passwords to a higher level of
obscurity. At home this is especially difficult for some of us due to
the much larger number of home passwords (multiple financial accounts,
multiple email addresses, multiple online store accounts, home utility
accounts, and more - dozens for me). How to do this? Dennis O'Reilly
has a useful article "How to master the art of passwords" with some controversial advice:
Gunter Ollman, a researcher for security firm Damballa, concludes that recording your passwords on paper
is the lesser of several password evils; more risky is using the same
password at multiple sites, setting your software to remember passwords,
failing to change passwords frequently, using an easy-to-guess
password, and reusing past passwords.
Likewise, computer expert Bruce Schneier reiterated on his Schneier on Security blog the advice of Microsoft executive Jesper Johansson to record your passwords on paper to encourage use of strong passwords.”
Read the entire post by clicking right here.
Bottom Line: Of late, I’m hearing far too many horror stories about
computers being “hacked”, and the main reason is the failure of the
operator (us!) in creating and using passwords that are strong and
actually do what they’re designed to do. Strong password usage,
combined with reliable, updated security software, can prevent the
nightmarish consequences of your computer being hacked.
Just a friendly reminder to all.