Computer Security

In today's virtually connected world computer security is more important than locking your car.  Some basic guidelines are:

  • password minimum length of 8 characters.  Passwords with less than 8 characters can be brute forced (systematic guessing) in less than 5 minutes.  8 character passwords will take a very long time.
  • password of mixed alphanumeric characters.  The first step in breaking a password is using dictionary words because everyone uses dictionary words.
  • Do not use personaly related information for your password like date of birth, dog's name, street address etc.
  • Don't give your password out to anyone.  Not even your bank!  NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Please do not use the same password for more than 5 years.  Some recommend changing passwords every three months.  My goal is every two to three years.

For more information, I recommend reading the following articles:

  1. Minimal Security part 1:  It doesn't have to be hard 
  2. Minimal Security part2:  Going all in  (Having all your eggs in one basket.)