What’s Your Password?

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Keeping passwords safe is sometimes trickier than some would like it to be. As undesirable as changing a password is every so often, it’s a necessity many organizations require of their employees, and with good reason. That includes computers used by postal employees.

Changing passwords periodically isn’t just about keeping sensitive information out of the hands of those who would abuse it. It’s also about preventing access to systems that others may want to sabotage. Security protocols are only as good as the weakest link in a chain. If one of these links is accessed by an outside influence that wants to cause harm, then the entire system is compromised.

Choosing a password that might be cumbersome and clunky is an advantage in preventing others from easily guessing it. A password such as “Klava42Aero8” might be more difficult to remember than “Password1234,” but it will also be far more difficult to crack as well.

In addition to choosing a more complex password, pick one that isn’t readily available on a Facebook page. Someone can boast about their dog Sparky to friends and family online, but leave the pooch out of a password. A determined hacker will find this information and generate permutations of it to figure out passwords. The same is true for the names of children, a desirable car, or a favorite sports team.

When it comes to password security, always err on the side of caution. Keep passwords awkward and never share them with others. Change them often for good measure. The security of the Postal Service network is in your hands.

What other examples of bad passwords have you come across?

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1 Comment

  1. Grannybunny

     /  April 23, 2013

    The most notoriously-bad password of all time — that, allegedly, is actually used by some — is “password.”

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