The password is…

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No, we’re not talking about wine. We’re talking about passwords. Do the descriptors above describe your passwords? Or would they be more aptly described as weak or insipid?

Wine may be more fun than passwords, but privacy and security cannot be ignored.

In her upcoming Privacy Literacy course for Infpeople, Rita Gavelis shares:

Every year SplashData comes out with their “Worst Passwords List.” The five most-used, bad passwords are: 123456, password, 12345, 12345678, qwerty. If you are using any of these (or similar) as your password, change them. Creating a strong, yet unique, password is quite simple. A strong password is one that contains numbers, letters (both upper and lower case), as well as special characters or symbols: !@#$%^&*. The longer the password, the more difficult it is to crack.

Gavelis recommends:

If you are interested in having a password generated for you or testing the strength of your current passwords, go to: Test Your Pas$w0rd or the Microsoft Safety & Security Center.

Passwords are important, but they are really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to steps we can take to protect privacy. In the Privacy Literacy course, Gavelis will discuss password managers, securing data on mobile devices, uncovering data leaks, encrypting data on computers, using virtual machines, two factor authentication, and more!

Registration for this 2-week course is now open!










How secure is your password?

Probably not as secure as it ought to be. This Lifehacker post discusses how to hack weak passwords. if you don’t already use an application to securely store your passwords (and you should have multiples – don’t use the same password for everything!), two apps the author recommends are RoboForm or KeePass for Windows or Mac users, and he also recommends 1Password for Mac users (and I can second that recommendation – I use 1Password and wouldn’t leave home without it – well, actually, I don’t think I COULD leave home without it as it’s on my computer and my iPhone!).