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Want to Foil Hackers? Pick a Better Password

I’ve been getting a lot of e-mail from readers relating to two recent Internet worms–Lovgate and Deloder–that attacked weak passwords. From these messages I’ve learned there’s a lot of confusion about password security. A few readers were confused about the difference between a user ID and a password. I’m talking about the latter. But many also wanted to know more about how to create a password that is less likely to be cracked–specifically, how to properly use numbers and letters within a password. The secret is to create a seemingly random combination. You get extra credit if you incorporate case changes–alternating between uppercase and lowercase letters–and insert symbols and numbers between letters. As long as you remember a basic structure, you can create strong passwords quickly. Here are some guidelines for making your passwords as secure as possible. Full Story

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