Is your password strong?
The password is an important aspect of security. It is the front line of protection for your sensitive data. Is your password protection strong?
At first, let me give you some examples of weak passwords:
- The password contains less than six characters.
- The password uses consecutive letters or numbers like "abcdefg","234567".
- The password uses adjacent keys on the keyboard like "qwerty".
- The password is a dictionary word (English or foreign), for example the word "protection".
- The password uses numbers in place of similar letters like S411y ("Sally").
- Birthdays and other personal information such as addresses and phone numbers.
- The password includes repeating sequences like "xyzxyz".
- Any of the above preceded or followed by a digit (1xyzxyz2).
Strong password has the following characteristics:
- Contains both upper and lower case characters (e.g., a-z, A-Z).
- Has digits and punctuation characters as well as letters.
- Is at least six characters long.
- Looks like a sequence of random letters and numbers.
How to set up password protection?
You may wish to require a password for access to some of your folders. A brief explanation of how to set up password protection follows.
- Click here to download the free trial version of Password Protect (760 KB).
- Install the program and run it (Start > Programs > Password Protect).
- To set up password protection, select the folders and enter your password.