Securing Your Online Accounts

It should come as no surprise to you that accounts are being hacked on a daily basis. With so much of our lives online we are making hackers jobs really easy. Hackers have programs that can crack passwords in minutes. This is know as brute force attacks. When we use common numbers and terms we make it to easy for the hacker.

The type of passwords that were recommended yesterday are mandatory today. You should have different passwords for different type of accounts. You can keep a list of these passwords in an encrypted program. Your password must contact an upper case letter, number and a special symbol like the ones that can be found on the number keys on top of your keyboard. This is mandatory in today’s environment.


The 25 Worst Passwords on the Internet

The worst passwords on the Internet are often the easiest passwords to remember. I know for a fact that we all have used at least on of these passwords in the worst passwords list or a variation of it. It all boils down to what kind of account it is and what we are protecting. Based on the degree of importance we set our password security.

Keep in mind if you live in a building you might want to up your wireless network password because your neighbors are in good range to used your Internet connection and decrease your available bandwidth while they stream the latest episode of the real housewives of Atlanta. Here is the list of the 25 worst passwords on the Internet.


Active Directory Overview

Active directory is a centralized directory system used on Microsoft networks. Active Directory is organized with forest, trees and domains. Within the domains you have organizational units. Inside of the organizational units you can apply group policies. So with Active Directory you only need one log in to access all of your companies resources.

For example, when you log in to the active directory it will authenticate you are the print server, web server, and mail server, etc. This comes in handy because the different servers may require you to change passwords at different times, but in this case Active Directory will handle this. It is a centralized resource.