Computer hacking is defined as any act of accessing a computer or computer network without the owner’s permission. In some cases, hacking requires breaching firewalls or password protections to gain access. In other cases, an individual may hack into a computer that has few or no defenses. Even if there are no defenses to “break” through, simply gaining access to a computer and its information qualifies as criminal computer hacking.Continue reading
Passwords are a very common term to the computer or internet users. It is a string or collection of characters (Alphabets or Numerals and in some cases some special characters too) used to authenticate the user for online or offline computer account. If you are using a computer then you will have to enter a username and then the password. This will authenticate you as an authorized user or owner and will provide you the access to the data stored in the computer. In some cases user do remove the password facility just to facilitate the use. However, this is not highly recommended.
The process of selecting a good and reliable password is very useful and important for the security of your computer. There are many a password cracker software available on the internet that have vast database and very effective algorithms so it is always advised that you should choose the string of characters that are not normal. Always avoid making use of the password derived from the personal information related to you as these can be easily guessed and broken into.
I have often suspected that some of those passwords all of us use when we set up user accounts could leak out and be seen by prying eyes. It would not take much of a security breach for that to happen. My suspicion was confirmed by an email I received that would have been immediately flushed as Spam, except for one curious feature. It showed a password I actually use, but I never registered for the account that the email was confirming! How would you react if that happened to you?
I’m not worried because this particular password is what I consider a low security password. I have a few that I routinely use that should they ever become compromised, as this one was, there is little or no damage that could be done with them. I am now glad I took this precaution.
Passwords have become so important today because of the ever present danger of cyber criminals. No matter what cryptographic systems you use to safeguard your machines and your data, given enough time and reasonable computing power, any hacker can break through these security measures. That is why it is up to you to make sure that the task of breaking the password is as difficult as possible. Here are some things that might help you in making a safe windows password policy.