Tag Archives: Windows Security

The Impact of Password Education on Employee Password Choices

As the great philosopher, Herbert Spencer, once said, “The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.” In the IT world, we constantly stress to our employees to make smart password choices. We have a “go-to” password policy that is typed up and stored in a filing cabinet located somewhere in our office. Often, […]

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Why should I use passwords that are greater than 14 characters?

It seems as though every website and application we use nowadays has a different password policy from one program to the next. Have you ever wondered why some applications require your password to be 8 characters, while other applications require a minimum of 15? From the naked eye, it makes no sense! What makes an […]

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Password Hacking: As Seen by an IT Security Professional

Password hacking is a lot more prevalent than you think.  Most IT Security admins think password hacking is a juvenile attack and thwarted by account lockout policies.  However, like the rest of the technology world, hacking tools and techniques have grown more sophisticated.  In this modern time a typical teenager “script-kiddie” can go to a […]

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Everything about the Target Hack that you wanted to know but were too afraid to ask

It has been about a little over a month since the retail giant, Target, let the public know about the POS malware that managed to steal the information of about 110 million customers over about a three week period. While Target attempts to recover from one of the largest data hacks in the history or […]

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Top Five Password Policy Mistakes

We’ve all done it. You are in a hurry for a lunch meeting and you want to check your email one last time and up pops a friendly, admittedly annoying, reminder that your password is about to expire. You click “OK”, check your email and dash off to lunch. This charade continues for a few […]

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The worst passwords you can use

I happened to run across this in some of our archives.  It is a great testament to the rampant use of common passwords.  Recently password reuse got a lot of attention in the Gawker hack and the Sony hack.

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