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Thursday, March 21, 2013
"Brilliant" Passwords: Sloggin' Thru Blogging
After many years, it finally happened. My primary email address was hacked ... twice. The first time, a stupid post was sent and responded to by outside sources foreign to me. My provider alerted me and told me what to do. I did it ... but not well enough. The second time the provider just told me to change my password as "suspicious activity" had been associated with my account. So, this time I took things more seriously and read the provider's instructions for creating a truly worthy password.
Here's what you need:
At least one capital letter
At least one symbol
At least one number
I pulled together all of these elements in abundance and was told in response that my password was not weak, good, or strong ... but "brilliant."
Be brilliant. Avoid the embarrassment of needing to make a statement to all your addressees that no you have not set up a "special" website where they can go and look at pictures of you set up "just for them" and signed with "hugs." Avoid the worry about what else these invaders might have been looking for ... and how they might have enslaved your machine with malware. You may not think there's any reason anyone would hack your email. You'd be wrong. Some don't need reasons. Others have reasons you just don't want to know.
So, be brilliant, be safe, and change that brilliant password often with other equally brilliant bulwarks against the barbarians at the gate.