Happy National Cyber Security Awareness Month


[By Security Chick : Terry Perkins] October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  What better month for me to try my  blogging skills!  National Cyber Security Awareness Month is designed to increase awareness about Internet security.  A good place to start is with good, strong passwords.  Not all Internet sites need to have same strength password.  For example, banking sites need stronger passwords than a news site (some news sites require a login).  As a matter of fact, one of my pet peeves is when a site emails the login and passwords that you have just set up.  Rant – why do I need an email sent with the information that I just set up.   I have sent many a email ranting about just that.  Most of the time I get a response like most people can’t remember there passwords.  Great!  Let’s send it in email – in the same email, login and password.  Sorry, I digress.

Good, strong passwords are 12+ characters and do not contain dictionary words, kids or spouses names, birth dates, pets names and other identifiable information.  Passwords should contain each of the following categories:  upper case, lower case, numbers and special characters.  This is very important.   I use phrases or mantras – okay positive mantras.  Here is an example: Four score and seven years ago, our father brought forth a new nation……..  The password could be 4S&7yrsAofb4th!.  Please don’t use this one.  It is just an example.  When I type my password I am then saying the phrase or better yet positive mantra in my head thus reinforcing the positive thought.  Okay – I admit it.  I’m a little weird.  What do you expect from a security person.


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