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A New Year and a New Password

by James Cooper (Goondiwindi Office) | Feb 16, 2016

In 1965 Gordon Moore, co‐founder of Intel, predicted the number of transistors in new silicon chips would double about every 2 years. This is called Moore's Law & has seemed about right for 50 years!

So about every 2 years, in new cameras, the number of pixels is doubled. Also, about every 2 years in new computers, the specifications are doubled as for CPU & RAM. With every year the power of computers increases and so does the power of password cracking.

Especially for services with external access like webmail, we recommend you change your password regularly and make it a longer passphrase. This will help you have fun with your new gadgets!

Tips from Microsoft on how to create a strong password:

  • Is at least eight characters long
  • Does not contain your user name, real name, or company name
  • Does not contain a complete word
  • Is significantly different from previous passwords
  • Contains at least one of each of the following: uppercase letter, lowercase letter, numbers & symbols

25 of the easiest passwords to crack according to Sophos:

1. 123456
2. password
3. 12345678
4. qwerty
5. 12345
6. 123456789
7. football
8. 1234
9. 1234567
10. baseball
11. welcome
12. 1234567890
13. abc123
14. 111111
15. 1qaz2wsx
16. dragon
17. master
18. monkey
19. letmein
20. login
21. princess
22. qwertyuiop
23. solo
24. passw0rd
25. starwars

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