Tuesday, November 22, 2011

How to avoid worst passwords in online security

This list of worst passwords compiled by SplashData. They are used in web sites, desktop applications and on mobiles and even in programs that help keep passwords secure. But with passwords like these below your security and privacy is under frequent threat:

1. password
2. 123456
3. 12345678
4. qwerty
5. abc123
6. monkey
7. 1234567
8. letmein
9. trustno1
10. dragon
11. baseball
12. 111111
13. iloveyou
14. master
15. sunshine
16. ashley
17. bailey
18. passwOrd
19. shadow
20. 123123
21. 654321
22. superman
23. qazwsx
24. michael
25. football
26. abc
27. goodboy
28. userid
29. userid1

Here are some tips to have strong passwords

1.Strong Master Password
Create a strong master password for your main email

2.Randomize Passwords
Use random passwords for websites with lengths of 15-20 . if you dont use them always, you can ask to send password to your master email.

2. Protect your master account. Never keept it's password on phone or your text book. Keep it in your mind and safe at home.

4. Dont reuse passwords in different accounts.

5.User IDs
Consider randomizing your username depending on what you are protecting. Never use your online banking user id anywhere.

5.Secret Qusetion
Your friends and relatives knows answers to default questions given by google and yahoo. Create your own privcy. What was my favorite food, drink when I was ill? combine information in a question. And make it random.

Username: 88N1iRQ1o9XM1Xi#4KLs
Password: [yBNSkG%/8r!:[g8O9N6

Use unicode characters from other languages
Use slangs from your own locality
Never use anything in dictionaries
Never use 123 or abc anywhere
Dont keep your passwords only in memory, have a recovery mechanism

Privacy Guide on Facebook

Privacy Settings
Once logged into your account on Facebook,
Goto Account> Privacy Settings
1.Everyone - public with no restriction be carefull with this option
2.Friends of Friends - tricky , your friends may have fake friends
3.Friends Only - Make sure you know them and not fake ones
Account > Privacy Settings > Customize Settings > Things I Share

Pay a special attention to "Posts by me"
Account > Privacy Settings > Customize Settings > Things Others Share
What you actually want to see, make sure you don't waste your time

Account > Privacy Settings > Customize Settings > Contact Information

Omit your Email Address and Phone Number
Account > Privacy Settings > Customize Settings > Things I Share > Posts by Me
Select "Custom" and set your privacy requirement

Account > Privacy Settings > Customize Settings > Things Others Share > Photos and videos you're tagged in
Account > Privacy Settings > Customize Settings > Things Others Share > Suggest photos of me to friends
Account > Privacy Settings > Customize Settings > Things Others Share > Friends can check me in to Places
Account > Privacy Settings > Customize Settings > Things I Share > Edit privacy settings for existing photo albums and videos
Account > Privacy Settings > Apps, Games and Websites
Account > Account Settings > Account Security
Account > Account Settings > Facebook Ads
Edit my Profile
My Wall
Public Directory

1. Don't assuem that your virus guard to protect you 100%.

2. Don't Accessing an account through an e-mail link to provide sensitive information.
Criminals using “phishing” scams use emails to steal your logins, account numbers and other sensitive data. The web you use would look like genunie with same design and have a url like somedomain.com/facebook or even facebook1.com to disguise.
They look legitimate to users who are busy. "it’s pretty much impossible for people to know … if the e-mail is real or not" says an expert.

3. Use multiple passwords
If you use one password for all accounts and  If somebody manages to get hold of your password … they will have entry into all your accounts and impersonate you.

4. Downloading free software
Free software is good. Only download software from places you know are safe like sourceforge, cnet etc. Some “free” software comes loaded with spyware. They hijack your browser, port 80 and employs keystroke-capture programz to steal your personal data.

5. don't Click on pop-up ad that says your PC is not secure
They take you to spyware sites or have malicious software downloaded to your computer.
Instead, click on the tiny “close” button in the right corner. Best is to enable your browser’s pop-up blocker.

6. Don't use debt cards to Shop online
Use a separate card for your online purchases. Don’t shop online with debit cards, if stolen they offer no liability protection.

7. https and httpMake sure when you are entering your address and credit card information, that the site’s URL says “https”. https offers greater security than “http.”

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