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    Passwords

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    Michael

    Everything internet wise has log in's and passwords. Today's cyber crimes has not let up at all and continue to get stronger. The days of simple passwords are over. First off for any site administrator they should have a very secure password and should be in excess of 16 characters. Personally myself I use 32 to 64 character passwords for a purpose. Being that most hackers are going for a brute force idea typically use a dictionary tactic. So the software brute forces the password using common words from a dictionary file. How do we keep the security up on your site or your accounts? Pretty darn simple. The reason for the long passwords is most common words are under 16 characters typically. But the longest english word is 45 characters long.

    Here is an another program that will give you an idea of the strength of your password.
    Cracking Password Time - https://www.grc.com/haystack.htm

    This site will grade your current password.
    Password Strength - http://www.passwordmeter.com/

    Keepassx - https://www.keepassx.org/

    This simple little program is a password database that encrypts all your passwords in a database. The software will create as long of a password as you want and use the characters you select. I highly suggest using all the characters you can including special symbols. This below is a good example of a secure password for a login on a web site. 

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    Are you mobile device user? There is a solution on the Android side that allows you to use your Keepassx database directly. 

    Keepassdroid - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.android.keepass&hl=en

    Now you can copy your encrypted database of passwords to your mobile device and still be able to use all your long passwords. The this Android app will work directly with Keepassx files without any conversion required.  

    NEVER - Give out your passwords to anyone. Always have that person create their own account. If you do have to give out your password for service tech or to Prevail Web Management I highly suggest you change password soon after as a security precaution. 

    NEVER - Reuse the same password again in any other web site or login. Reusing any password is a bad idea and huge security risk being that if a hacker figures out your password in one site they can follow you from site to site and reuse you found password to gain access to banking, social media, etc.

    ALWAYS - Use long 32 to 64 character passwords on your hosting accounts and root access to the server. Suggested for anything that involves privacy or money handling (banking).

    ALWAYS - Use different passwords for every login. This makes it impossible for hacker to follow you and gain access to other sites. 

    Edited by Michael

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