Just because you have a password does not ensure that someone will not crack that code. Simple passwords are uncovered everyday because they can easily be cracked using a 'dictionary attack' software tool, which tries words and combinations of letters until the password is assembled. To protect yourself you must effectively password protect all of your user accounts.
According to Microsoft, an effective password is at least seven characters long and contains a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.
It’s OK to make them memorable BUT not at the expense of having your privacy and/or identity stolen. By using several characters and a mix of upper
and lower case letters and numbers, you can make your password effectively
safe from intruders.
In Windows XP you change user passwords by pressing Control-Alt-Delete at the same time and choosing “Change Password”. If you do not know your password then right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage.' Then double click on 'local users and groups' then 'users.' Right click on each user and select 'set password.'
If you have any questions regarding passwords just
give us a call at 877-883-TECH (8324) or fill out our Free Computer Repair Evaluation Form to schedule an AnswerSmart™ computer repair technician to come directly to your home and/or
office and create and/or change a password for you. We do the job right there and then and allow you to pick a password that not even the technician who is doing the work will ever see.
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