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Password Security

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Just a reminder:

Make sure you create unique passwords to help keep someone from breaking in to your accounts. Here are a few tips for creating your password, and keeping it safe courtesy of Google and y’r ob’d’t s’v’t:

  • Never tell anyone your password.
  • Never write down your password. Even though your password will look random to others, think of a way to remember it so that you don’t have to write it down.
  • Change your password periodically.
  • Don’t choose a dictionary word as your password. Be creative.
  • Include punctuation marks. Mix capital and lowercase letters. Use numbers. A variety of characters makes it harder to guess a password.

Remember that a dictionary word can be cracked by a program running on an ordinary PC in a couple of seconds, with the right software (readily available on the Web).  Use something like the first letters, capitalization and punctuation from a favorite quote:

Fazya,ofbfutcann,

(Fourscore and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation,)

Use something less common than that, but you get the idea.

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Author: Bill

Birder, cat-lover, pilot, poet. Former lounge lizard, pauper, pagan, lifeguard, chauffeur,cop and martial artist, turned pacifist addiction writer. Tries to be a good husband, father and brother, and makes a decent friend. Likes to take pictures. Stumbling down the Middle Path, one day at a time.

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