by Jimmy Marks
Recently, our COO Rob (Banker, who's written a number of swell posts for us) came to town and got me going on our office network. He set me up and then asked me to enter my password. He said anything would do, so long as:
-It was eight (8) characters or more
-It had a capital letter
-There was a punctuation mark
-There was a number
-It was the same thing forwards and backwards
-You couldn't say the combo while holding a cracker in your mouth
-It had to have the name of at least one (1) person who was a regular cast member on the Carol Burnett show.
Okay, so I made up the last three. But he likes his passwords strict, and with good reason: many passwords are very easy to crack.
WHAT?!?, you're thinking to yourself. Not MY password! After all, it's pumpkinfluff34! No one would ever guess...drat! I've given it away!
The truth is, your password is probably pretty easy to guess. And you're probably making it easy for hackers to get hold of it.