Did you know that most computer users make the same password mistake?
Bad passwords are bad enough. Still, many users make the very same mistake in the name of convenience. It’s like telling malware or a hacker that your computer is free for the taking? What is that so very common mistake?
Not requiring a password to log on to the computer.
None at all. With no password, you can just turn your computer on and walk away. When you return, it is all ready. However, this makes it not just ready for you, but for hackers and malware too.
You really need to make sure a password is needed to log on to your computer.
Not having a log on password makes it easy for malware to gain administrative rights to your computer. With administrative rights, it can easily install itself deep in the operating system and take over your computer. With your administrator account, a hacker can get access to any information on the computer or used while on the computer. All without you knowing.
It does not matter what operating system you use.
All computer OS’s are easy to break into without a log on password. There is even a virus for the iPhone that turns it into a zombie if the user does not change the password from the default.
Ideally, you don’t even use the computer with an Administrative account.
You should use a lower ranking user account and only log on as an Administrator when you have to. Unfortunately, this is often too inconvenient for most people, so we log on as an Administrator. Worse yet, we log on automatically as an Administrator with no password. In that case, anyone can log on as Administrator. From nearly anywhere.
Make sure that your password is a good one.
Many types of malware have a list of common passwords to use that let it get on most computers. It is shocking to see how many people use the same passwords. One website had 290000 (actually, I rounded the number down) users with the password 123456. It’s best not to use words that are in a dictionary and mix in numbers and punctuation. While any password is better than no password at all, some are not really much better in practice.
Make sure that your computer requires a password to log on.
It will make your computer safer. It throws up one more wall a hacker, malware, or virus must go through to infect your computer.
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