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Password Tips and Tricks

wrote this on February 11, 2011 / 1 comment

Earlier, we talked about how to secure and store your passwords in IQTELL.  While you wait for our beta release, here are some tips and tricks to help you create safer passwords.

Create a good password

Start by making sure your password is not commonly used.  The most common passwords are:

  • 12345
  • password
  • qwerty

If you use these passwords, you should change them. 

Better yet, create a good Passw0rd 

A computer can crack a password of 6 characters, all lower case letters, in five minutes.  Adding special characters ($, &, #) or uppercase letters increases the time it takes that same computer to crack your password to 8 days.   If you increase the password length to 8 characters with special characters, you increase the time to 200 years

Microsoft provides a great good guide on creating passwords that are hard to crack.

Update your password

A good rule of thumb is to change your password every 6 months.  I personally ignored this rule, until I read this:

“A flaw in how Amazon stores older passwords—ones that its users haven’t changed in years—allegedly makes it a lot easier for a brute-force attack against said accounts.”  PC MAG 

Amazon has since updated their encryption protocols, so changing your Amazon password today will update the encryption and better secure your account.  I just updated mine.

Don’t tell anyone your password

Sounds simple right?  Well according to the Wall Street Journal article, a 2007 report found that “60% of Internal Revenue Service employees tested voluntarily shared their passwords with a caller claiming to be from the service’s IT department. In a written response to the report, the IRS said it was working to improve its security.”  Doesn’t that make you feel good as we approach tax season?  

Share your thoughts (not your passwords!) in the comment section below.

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  • Dan

    **Update**
    I just tried to log in to Amazon, and forgot my new password. Come on IQTELL Beta, you cant come soon enough!

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