Some IT tips to pass on

Its wee hours in the morning and I woke up to listen to my course coordinator's sexy Aussie accented workshops and try to attain some  form of enlightenment on my CF assignment. I received none. I listened to the first four and still received none. So decided to read up on his paper. Since I have a habit of yawning every few minutes of loud reading, I was getting no where and I got distracted.

Also, giving me more irritations in the morning are the passwords I come up with. Since I have too many email accounts ( 6) and somehow the passwords were the same in all ( yes!!!!), I thought of changing it to something difficult to crack (should know by now that passwords can easily be cracked). I have changed my password to my google account thrice hitherto and today morning I changed it again, not because I am in the change-thy-password -every-week mode. But because the passwords I come up with are generated from the system and they are long, and also I keep losing them when I write it down, I cannot remember what the actual password is. I can actually compile all my passwords for different apps I use and save it as a text file, but then what if someone hacks into my system and locates that file and finds out that I have a million dollar account in the Swiss bank and other off shore accounts and somehow siphons off the money into another account that can never be traced because of some treaties? Too much movie....I know. No money, no secret accounts. True. But information is wealth. The information that anyone has is important.

Information is stored now in pc as well as in our mobile. We don't mind losing the handheld as long as the SIM card is with us. The information such as contacts, maybe emails are very important. That's what I have. My contact list and of course my assignment, something that I cannot be parted at the moment. You will not find any secrets in Mr Stark at the moment, since we are still learning about each other. But Ms Lappy  -  she knows it all.

Moral of the story is: Keep your passwords with you, written somewhere. where you are sure it will not be lost. Do not make the entries obvious. Make sure your entries in where ever you are manually writing the passwords are encrypted so that only you know which passwords are for which user names.
Not only that, simple rules to remember: Passwords should be alphanumeric,and should contain characters and should be more than 8 digits long AND do NOT use the pwd for all apps. Each email ids should have different passwords AND make it a habit to change the password every 2 weeks. But for a lazy person like me, I change it every month- usually at the end of the month. Make the passwords difficult to guess.

From what I have learnt, cracking passwords usually begins by guessing. Since many people still have the habit of using their names or the names of the spouse, kids,pets, ex and etc, that info can be retrieved by just playing around with your pc. If you have the same pwd for all the emails or for all apps in the system, then the hacker just needs few minutes to crack the password and voila!!! All the doors are unlocked! If your system is stolen or is compromised, make it difficult for the hacker to find out what your key or password. So much so, that they have to use brute force to find the key. That takes time. Well at least you made that fellow's life a living hell for sometime!

Anyway I have to ciao. My kid woke up and I cannot focus if hes awake.
Got to go, ciao.

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