Nowadays people like to create a logon password to protect their computer. Passwords provide the first line of defense against unauthorized access to your computer. The stronger your password, the more protected your computer will be from hackers and malicious software.
There are two factors to consider in determining password strength: the average number of guesses the attacker must test to find the correct password and the ease with which an attacker can check the validity of each guessed password. The first factor is determined by how long the password is, how large a set of characters or symbols it is drawn from and whether the password is created randomly or by a more predictable process. Users of password-protected resources often have control of this factor. The second factor is determined by how the password is stored and used. This factor is determined by the design of the password system and beyond control of the user.
How to Create a Strong Password?
What kind of password is the safest password? Microsoft gives us some advice. A strong password:
1. Is at least eight characters long.
2. Does not contain your user name, real name, or company name.
3. Does not contain a complete word.
4. Is significantly different from previous passwords.
5. Contains characters from each of the following four categories: uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, symbols and spaces.
Actually, Windows passwords can be much longer than the eight characters recommended above. In fact, you can make a password up to 127 characters long. Each character that you add to the password increases the protection. Passwords should be 8 or more characters in length; 14 characters or longer is the optimal password length.
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Long password is safe but difficult to remember. In my opinion, you can create an acronym from an easy-to-remember piece of information. For example, pick a phrase that is meaningful to you, such as My son’s birthday is 12 December, 2004. Using that phrase as your guide, you might use Msbi12/Dec,4 for your password. You could substitute numbers, symbols, and misspellings for letters or words in the phrase.
Somebody would like to write down their passwords, so that they won’t lose the password. Although this is good advice, sometimes it is necessary to write down passwords. Users feel more comfortable creating complex passwords if they are able to write them down somewhere in case they forget. However, it is important to educate users on how to properly write down passwords. A sticky note on the monitor is not a good idea, but storing passwords in a safe or even a locked cabinet may be sufficient. If you feel you must write down your password in order to remember it, make sure you do not label it as your password, and keep it in a safe place.
What to Do if You Forget Your Password?
If you forget your Windows password, you can recover the password with third-party software. Windows Password Buster is a professional Windows password recovery tool. You can recover your password in a few minutes with this software. All you need is just a CD disk or USB flash drive.