Online Security 101 –Part 1: Passwords Take today as an example. How many times have you had to use a password, PIN, username or login to access your life? On your way to the office you might have stopped at the cashpoint to get some money out. You get to the office and spend the first half-hour browsing Facebook to see what your friend’s kids’ had for dinner last night, then onto Twitter to see who Piers Morgan has offended, then into your online banking to see how much money you don’t have. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We have passwords for our phones and iPads, our workstations, LinkedIn, webmail such as Hotmail,Gmail and Yahoo! Mail...the list goes on and on. The problem with passwords is that we need them to be memorable so more often than not we choose children’s names, pet names (for our animals and loved ones), birthdays or our favourite football team. Even for the most lazy, part-time hacker who has managed to gain access to your computer system, thi ...

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