Strong Passwords - Customer Friendly Computer Security


Visitors: 339

Go into to any office and look under the computer keyboards and you’ll eventually find a little piece of paper with that users logon ID and passwords. Probably every password that person has.

This illustrates a serious problem with the use of networked computers in business. User apathy and IT security arrogance often combine to defeat the purpose of established security policies.

What happens is that IT security policies clash with usability. Most customers will not follow policies they see as too difficult. One place IT policies and user compliance clash is at the point of entry for any secure computer system. The logon screen.

First, let’s agree on a definition for a strong password.

From Webopedia, A password that is difficult to detect by both humans and computer programs, effectively protecting data from unauthorized. A strong password consists of at least six characters (and the more characters, the stronger the password) that are a combination of letters, numbers and symbols (@, #, $, %, etc. ) if allowed. Passwords are typically case-sensitive, so a strong password contains letters in both uppercase and lowercase. Strong passwords also do not contain words that can be found in a dictionary or parts of the user’s own name.

Customers will not use difficult passwords. Sorry, they just won’t! For instance, you have two passwords: 1Xc%&27m3 and parrott5. Which is the strongest? Which do you think your customers will use?

The key here is education. End-users must be educated on the seriousness of computer security and IT security professionals need to be aware of the needs of their user base.

You should avoid sequential passwords: parrott1, parrott2, parrott3. . . You should use a password that is easy to remember, but not in any dictionary. Maybe combine parts of two words, adding capital letters and numbers.

IT security professionals may not like this compromise, but it is better than passwords that are easily broken.

Strong passwords are critical to the security of any computer security, but are they the best way to control access? In part two, we’ll look at alternatives to passwords.

Parrott Writing Services, a San Antonio Texas company specializing in web content, ghostwriting, website optimization, online/offline ad copy and technical writing to small businesses.

Send an email to: for a FREE electronic copy of my eBook on Computer Security!


Article Source:

Rate this Article: 
Remembering Passwords-Methods to Help Your Memory For Passwords
Rated 4 / 5
based on 5 votes

Related Articles:

Biometrics - Customer Friendly Computer Security

by: Rick Parrott (December 03, 2005) 
(Computers and Technology)

How To Create Strong Passwords

by: Karyn Greenstreet (May 26, 2008) 

Strong Passwords – Add a Meaningful Symbol to Increase Password Strength

by: Jennifer A. Thieme (July 02, 2006) 
(Internet and Businesses Online/Security)

Cisco CCNA Certification: Passwords, Passwords, Passwords!

by: Chris Bryant (May 29, 2005) 
(Computers and Technology/Certification Tests)

IT Security and You! Part 1 - Passwords

by: David Baldwin (April 11, 2007) 
(Computers and Technology)

Security of Passwords ISO27001

by: Chris Eden (July 10, 2008) 
(Internet and Businesses Online/Security)

Corporate Security Password Manager How to Keep Your Company Passwords Secure

by: Alexander Golishev (June 25, 2008) 
(Computers and Technology/Software)

CCNA Certification Exam Training: Passwords, Cisco Routers, And Network ..

by: Chris Bryant (November 17, 2006) 
(Computers and Technology)

Autocomplete Passwords - How To Clear Stored Passwords

by: Angela Daley (September 19, 2005) 
(Computers and Technology/Personal Tech)

Remembering Passwords-Methods to Help Your Memory For Passwords

by: Dean Chafee (January 10, 2007) 
(Computers and Technology)