When I logged into my computer this morning, I got a message I dread but know is coming every few months. "Your password will expire in 14 days. Do you want to change it now?"
Now don't get me wrong, I like having a secure computer, but I hate having to change my passwords. With all of the e-mail, banking and other accounts I have on my computer and the Internet, it's frankly hard to keep up with all the passwords, particularly if you follow the guidelines suggested for protecting your passwords. For instance, the guidelines ask that I not tell anyone or write down my password. In addition, the password should not be related to something personal and should have a combination of letters and numbers.
But the fact is these regular password changes help maintain my data and provide an excellent level of protection. And it's not like I have a choice. Many businesses have password policies and require users to come up with a solid password.
I'm just going to have to get used to changing it every couple of months and feel good about having secure data. Check out the Knowledge Network documents linked to in this article to help you, too, maintain a secure computer.
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