Practical password securityFeb 10, 2009, 17:32 (1 Talkback[s])
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"First, security is like a chain - it's only as strong as the weakest link. Even with a secure computer that is connecting to a secure web site using a secure network connection a weak password pretty much defeats the security. There are three ways intruders can get your password without your direct assistance. By "direct assistance" I mean you telling them (in other words, lying still works) or by writing it on a sticky note and pasting it on your computer where everyone in the room or those looking through a window can see it. The remote methods include installing spyware on your computer or the web server your are connecting to, guessing your password based on what they know about you (pet names, phone numbers, favorite foods, favorite cars, etc.), or using another computer to try every possible password (called a brute force attack).
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