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Security 101 – Password Security

Security 101 – Password Security

The humble computer password has been at the forefront of security practices since the very inception of the IT industry. They have (arguably) proved the most effective method in securing information and validating the identity of a particular user. However, many simple and sophisticated methods exist (e.g. Brute force attacks, Cross Site Scripting, SQL injections, Man-in-the-middle, Phishing, Social Engineering, Malware, just to name a few) that are commonly used to compromise or gain access to people’s passwords. The creation and maintenance of a secure password is dependent on many factors. It relies on a combination of measures from both the user/client and the provider/server. A small weakness in any component on either side can lead to a vulnerability and potential attack or exposure. Consequently, we have put together the Top 10 actions that people can do on the user side to increase the security of their passwords: 1. Always use a secure connection (SSL/https) When signing up to a new site/application/service or logging in to an existing site, always...

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