On Passwords

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Bullet One crucial aspect of securing data is your password. Ideally you should change your password regularly for added security.

 

Bullet If you do not enter the password you cannot access the encrypted contents.  There is no special procedure, secret code, or hidden entry method to fall back on.

 

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Bullet A good system is to use two unrelated words separated by a symbol or mark (e.g. rare;beast). Random strings of characters, numbers, and special characters are even better. For example 6j3*{>s1r2%u~9m). Such passwords are not easy to remember but they are also not easy to crack.

 

Bullet Pass phrases are much better than passwords. You can use a sentence up to 100 characters. This makes it easy to remember but almost impossible to crack.

 

To illustrate,        "The rain in Spain falls mainly in the drains" (apologies to G.B.Shaw) is probably a perfect pass phrase, or about as perfect as it gets. Easy to remember, and almost impossible to crack.

 

Bad Passwords

Bullet Words extracted from databases, dictionaries, or encyclopedias.

Bullet Personal information like your name, phone numbers etc.

Bullet Phrases or secret codes used in popular movies or serials.

Bullet Swear words and commonly used slang.

Bullet Keyboard patterns (e.g. asdfg).

Bullet Simple character strings and numbers (e.g. AAAAA or 123123).