Password Not to Live By!

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions"

Security experts yearly analyze the worst passwords used for emails, blogs, websites, checking accounts, electronic code locks and more.  It is amazing how many passwords remain on the list year after year.

Password list of what not to use Internet Security Experts laughed almost uncontrollable over the first password on the list!  It is in the top spot because it came up most often.  Hear that?  It's the clicking of keyboard keys changing passwords!

 Many websites have resorted to a password monitor that tells you the strength of your password.  Other websites offer hints on how to make a secure password.  Many times we give this part of the creating an account or login little thought.  

Just last month University of California was hacked and 800,000 names, social security numbers, contact information compromised according to a web security company.  Experts say over 70% of websites can be hacked with little effort.

This past week I was notified about a security breech possibility on my personal server that could have provided access to passwords to data bases, login information even credit cards.  This was not my error or the server provider, instead it was a third party provider of the Dashboard Interface called Plesk produced by Parallels according to my server company. 

Licensed by Big Stock Photo to Flexit Realty

I spent hours changing passwords and login information on every website.  I have more than 700 domain names and nearly a 100 websites under construction or published at this point.  This is not something I want to hear about, a domain back office password breech.

 

Think of having an ATM password you can access as much money as available and likely never have to pay itback.  Many hackers are based in foreign countries.  Good luck trying to do something with them.  You option is strong passwords.  Even then you may not be protected.  As in the case of my server.  We reviewed the event log and found nothing.  It is very unlikely anything was accessed but I still had to change everything just in case my information was compromised.

Passwords are no laughing matter, unless of course your's is secure and someone else is using "123456"!

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Rainmaker
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Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker GRI, SRES

"password" is till used too much. I wonder what will make the list next time?

Mar 03, 2012 01:26 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Wow...excellent reminder to all of us to practice vigilence in this brave new world...it's up to us!

Mar 03, 2012 01:28 AM #2
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Morris Massre
Pembroke Pines, FL
Real Estate Instructor Broward County Florida

Nobody really gets it until they are hacked.  Even me.  But I've learned my lesson and make them as impossible as possible.

Mar 03, 2012 01:50 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions" - Grand Rapids, MI
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Hi Rob, I have a guess that we will see number 1 next year in the same place!  Thanks for the comments Rob.

Hi Li, we do have to think before creating a password.  My son used his dogs name for 10 years until I spent about 20 minutes and cracked his password and added a page to his sight with my picture!  Thanks for the comments Li.

Hi Morris, I rotate now about ever 90 to 120 days.  What a pain but I am safe.  Whenever possible I use computer generated passwords.  They are proven to be the best to prevent hacking.  Thanks for your comments Morris.

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