Archive for February, 2012

The Fine Art of Passwording Part 1 – Creating Safe Passwords

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

It seems that every other website we go to entails creating usernames and passwords for future access to special features, or to get signed on as a subscribed user to receive further information. I myself have lost count to how many places I am signed on as a user. Always make sure not to put personal information (i.e. a general username and password your used to using or a birth date)  on a website  you have accessed via an email from unidentified users or one that your virus protection has warning flashers popping up for.

Creating Safe Passwords

I’d like to first start off by say that people are “creatures of habit” and often prefer to utilize the same password for everything they do.  Avoid this behavior at all costs. If you get “hacked” in any way, shape or form you will be subject to having any normally visited and passworded websites etc. visited by your invisible attacker. This can have dire consequences on many levels.  Create different passwords for different created user accounts and be on the safe side.

How do you create a “safe” password?

  • Avoid using straight numbers such as “123456” or letters such as “abcdef” despite the drawing factor that  it is easy to remember. It is one of the first and easiest passwords a hacker may try to access someone’s account.
  • Also avoid using the word “password” (I know someone out there reading this has done so at some point.)
  • Try not to use whole words only in general when creating a password and make sure to incorporate a good mix of letters and numbers to strengthen its integrity. Utilizing special characters  and combinations of uppercase and lowercase letters is recommended as well.
  • If your a business that sets up manual passwords for your users make sure to vary how you create them (i.e. not ALWAYS there last name and the year). If a hacker finds out you have a single method for creating them you may have many of your users put at risk.

Free Computer Workshop Planned for Monday, Feb 27th!

Friday, February 24th, 2012

We had a great response at our January workshop and are very excited about our workshop on Monday, February 27th! This one will be an excellent opportunity to ask questions about and get an inside look at Microsoft Windows operating systems! Tim will be conducting the workshop and will be covering topics ranging from the Windows desktop to the Windows directory structure to some tips and tricks that you can do yourself to help protect your PC. We hope to see you there!
Free Computer Basics Workshop
“Microsoft Windows et al”
Charles Mack Citizen’s Center
215 N Main St, Mooresville NC 28115
3:00pm – 4:30pm