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Old 20th October, 2006, 07:11 PM
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The Ten Most Dangerous Things Users Do Online
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OCTOBER 19, 2006 | End users -- god bless ‘em. You can’t live with ‘em -- but without them, you wouldn’t have a job. They’re the reason you have an IT infrastructure; they’re also the single greatest threat to the security of that infrastructure.

Because, in the end, most users have no idea how dangerous their online behavior is.

No matter how many times they train them, no matter how many classes they hold, most IT professionals still watch helplessly as end users introduce new malware because they "just couldn’t resist looking at the attachment." Security pros cringe as their users download software for personal use, turn off firewalls to speed up a connection, or leave their passwords stuck to their laptops.....

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The link is on the front page but not here soooo...
http://www.darkreading.com/document....WT.svl=news1_1
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Ya supposed to go to front page to link...more clicks...":O}
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read this from another link-to, awhile back, but good stuff nonetheless.

managed to come up with a number 11 right off the bat, though --

(don't) let your kids use your personal computer.
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My Dad writes his passwords on a peice of paper and sticks it to the wall next to his laptop.
But I forgive him, because he IS just turned 61.
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Old 17th November, 2006, 08:15 PM
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It's a bit difficult to remember password changes from on high every few months, especially because they aren't designed to be easy to remember. Humans will always be the strongest/weakest link.
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If you have multiple passwords, you can always have your passwords follow a common theme of some kind. Preferably, something which only makes good sense to you and not anyone. For example, always use the name of some place you have visited whilst on holiday.

This is not the best idea for security, but is a much better system than writing passwords down!
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I have a 'Password Safe' that I wrote. It uses 128-bit BlowFish encryption and a 448-bit key to encrypt all the passwords that are stored in it. I keep the program stored on my USB key, along with my logins and passwords. Using the program is real easy, but if you don't know the encryption key, it isn't going to do you any good.

I've been thinking about changing it to either use the 256-bit TwoFish algorithm, or going with AES, and using an even stronger password. So far as I know, though, a full 128-bit BlowFish implementation with a good (448-bit) key has yet to be broken.
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As long as you remember how to address the USB stick o' RAM, that's mighty secure!
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