See why you must password your computer

 

A Password is a secret code or key issued to the computer to be able to identify you and grant you access.

Keeping away unwanted access to your computer and its files is always a critical requirement for maintaining a safe computer.



Unfortunately, many people own computers but very few take seriously the issue of password maintenance practices.

A password is like a key to your apartment. If you go out of your home without locking the door, be sure any illegal person with the intention of invading your residence will do that effortlessly and without resistance.

And after locking your house, if you misplace the key, you will have to stay outside if you cannot provide the exact key or spare.

Password comes in different levels.  The very first level of password implementation is at the operating system level (windows, Mac, Linux etc.).




Beyond that level, system setup can as well be secured with a password before we proceed to the various applications resident in the system.

Maintaining good password practices help to secure your computer and its files.

Many people all over the world have lost fortunes to carelessness in terms of password habits, organisations are not exempted.

Healthy Password Habits

There are some principal habits we must imbibed to ensure our computer systems are well secure and protected from unwanted access.

  1. Set password strength

Password strength entails the complexity of the password. The more complex a password is, the lesser the chance of the system been hacked.

Strong passwords are very complex in nature. Weak passwords are often simple passcodes that can easily be guessed.

According to Symantec.com, the following are the first 500 worst passwords of all time (table Credit- Symantec). These passwords can be easily guessed and gotten correctly by hackers. You may avoid them.

NO Top 1-100 Top 101–200 Top 201–300 Top 301–400 Top 401–500
1 123456 porsche firebird prince rosebud
2 password guitar butter beach jaguar
3 12345678 chelsea united amateur great
4 1234 black turtle 7777777 cool
5 pussy diamond steelers muffin cooper
6 12345 nascar tiffany redsox 1313
7 dragon jackson zxcvbn star scorpio
8 qwerty cameron tomcat testing mountain
9 696969 654321 golf shannon madison
10 mustang computer bond007 murphy 987654
11 letmein amanda bear frank brazil
12 baseball wizard tiger hannah lauren
13 master xxxxxxxx doctor dave japan
14 michael money gateway eagle1 naked
15 football phoenix gators 11111 squirt
16 shadow mickey angel mother stars
17 monkey bailey junior nathan apple
18 abc123 knight thx1138 raiders alexis
19 pass iceman porno steve aaaa
20 fuckme tigers badboy forever bonnie
21 6969 purple debbie angela peaches
22 jordan andrea spider viper jasmine
23 harley horny melissa ou812 kevin
24 ranger dakota booger jake matt
25 iwantu aaaaaa 1212 lovers qwertyui
26 jennifer player flyers suckit danielle
27 hunter sunshine fish gregory beaver
28 fuck morgan porn buddy 4321
29 2000 starwars matrix whatever 4128
30 test boomer teens young runner
31 batman cowboys scooby nicholas swimming
32 trustno1 edward jason lucky dolphin
33 thomas charles walter helpme gordon
34 tigger girls cumshot jackie casper
35 robert booboo boston monica stupid
36 access coffee braves midnight shit
37 love xxxxxx yankee college saturn
38 buster bulldog lover baby gemini
39 1234567 ncc1701 barney cunt apples
40 soccer rabbit victor brian august
41 hockey peanut tucker mark 3333
42 killer john princess startrek canada
43 george johnny mercedes sierra blazer
44 sexy gandalf 5150 leather cumming
45 andrew spanky doggie 232323 hunting
46 charlie winter zzzzzz 4444 kitty
47 superman brandy gunner beavis rainbow
48 asshole compaq horney bigcock 112233
49 fuckyou carlos bubba happy arthur
50 dallas tennis 2112 sophie cream
51 jessica james fred ladies calvin
52 panties mike johnson naughty shaved
53 pepper brandon xxxxx giants surfer
54 1111 fender tits booty samson
55 austin anthony member blonde kelly
56 william blowme boobs fucked paul
57 daniel ferrari donald golden mine
58 golfer cookie bigdaddy 0 king
59 summer chicken bronco fire racing
60 heather maverick penis sandra 5555
61 hammer chicago voyager pookie eagle
62 yankees joseph rangers packers hentai
63 joshua diablo birdie einstein newyork
64 maggie sexsex trouble dolphins little
65 biteme hardcore white 0 redwings
66 enter 666666 topgun chevy smith
67 ashley willie bigtits winston sticky
68 thunder welcome bitches warrior cocacola
69 cowboy chris green sammy animal
70 silver panther super slut broncos
71 richard yamaha qazwsx 8675309 private
72 fucker justin magic zxcvbnm skippy
73 orange banana lakers nipples marvin
74 merlin driver rachel power blondes
75 michelle marine slayer victoria enjoy
76 corvette angels scott asdfgh girl
77 bigdog fishing 2222 vagina apollo
78 cheese david asdf toyota parker
79 matthew maddog video travis qwert
80 121212 hooters london hotdog time
81 patrick wilson 7777 paris sydney
82 martin butthead marlboro rock women
83 freedom dennis srinivas xxxx voodoo
84 ginger fucking internet extreme magnum
85 blowjob captain action redskins juice
86 nicole bigdick carter erotic abgrtyu
87 sparky chester jasper dirty 777777
88 yellow smokey monster ford dreams
89 camaro xavier teresa freddy maxwell
90 secret steven jeremy arsenal music
91 dick viking 11111111 access14 rush2112
92 falcon snoopy bill wolf russia
93 taylor blue crystal nipple scorpion
94 111111 eagles peter iloveyou rebecca
95 131313 winner pussies alex tester
96 123123 samantha cock florida mistress
97 bitch house beer eric phantom
98 hello miller rocket legend billy
99 scooter flower theman movie 6666
100 please jack oliver success albert





Therefore, if you are in the habit of issuing simple non-complex passwords like any of the ones above, just know that you can easily be hacked be it on your computer at home or on your online platforms.

But complex passwords are a combination of  alphanumeric and string characters.

Combination of alphabets e.g  xti, numbers example 173, special characters like #,)&+. gives more  difficulty to your potential hacker to access your computer.

Example of a complex password can be something of this nature  zwe+=yx75xe*pto

Although, it is generally believed that it is safer not to put your computer on the network as there is no perfect solution to hacking anywhere in the world, however  a password such as this zwe+=yx75xe*pto can hardly be guessed.

Beyond all this, computer security experts declare that passwords derived from 6 different diceware words (e.g nikko puma high harm shake jazzy) will extremely difficult to guess.

 

  1. Set password expiration

Password expiration is the facility that allows password to expire thereby ensuring change is made from time to time.

Most regulatory standards recommend between 30 to 90 days for expiration duration.

This means for instance your windows password has been either set to expire after 30 days or 60 or 90 days as the case maybe.



You can actually turn on and off the feature in most operating systems like windows. While in applications it depends on the requirements given to the developer.

But it is a very good practice to include such strict password features in every application to be developed.

  1. Set account lockout number of attempts

In most operating systems like windows, there is a facility for restricting login attempts, as well the feature can be enabled on the system.

This feature ensures that a user is locked out permanently should the person make wrong login attempts up to a certain number of times e.g. 3 times.

This will help to guide against incessant login attempts by which hackers often employ to guess your password.

  1. Secure your password

Do not expose your password to anyone. It is better you memorise it instead of writing it in your diary, mobile phone or jotter.

This is because chances are that you can lose any of those items into some unsafe hands. It is also not a healthy culture to store passwords on your computer system.

  1. Encrypt your passwords

For all software stored, there is the need to encrypt them to ensure they are not kept in an easily readable format.




This ensures that unwanted access is not granted to systems, solution and databases.

As you engage in all these healthy password habits, I am sure you will enjoy some safety using your computer without been hacked easily.

 

 

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