Are you really secure?

My good friend Joe at Cisco Meraki posted this article up on LinkedIn earlier today, and reading it this morning wasn’t scary, it was terrifyingly informative.  We are all plagued by security issues throughout our days, but either fail to stay vigilant (my debit card was hacked on Friday, and I still don’t know how, for example…thank you Chase for being good at catching stuff like that!) or choose to think that we are always safe.  Well this article below proves that anyone who is determined and has enough knowledge can and will own your information.

This writer isn’t a fool, yet he like many of us does foolish things…like with passwords.  You all remember my posts from the comic XDCD about passwords and how we think we’re clever trying to think like computers, but only make ourselves more vulnerable.  The author here does passwords like Gr4c1e…which is a hacker’s dream.  Small alphanumeric word.  You should always..ALWAYS…use a short sentence that means something to you…or at least a grouping of words into a phrase.  For example, a good work password is something you see every day, but only know how it fits into your password.  Looking out my office window across the street I see a company’s name in big bold letters…so I could make my password “Ratheonislookingatme13”.  Because of how hacks operate, to break that password would take near over 1000 years…yet it’s easier to remember than Gr4c1e.  Think about it…this technique has me being able to remember 30-40 different passwords based on where I am and how I access things…breaking them involves knowing how I think which isn’t easy to gather.

Yes, I don’t use that password…but it’s creative and I wish I hadn’t have shared it. 😉

Seriously…don’t let this article scare you…let it remind you to be better in how you handle your security.