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Creating Good Passwords
One trick is to use the first letter of each word in a phrase or rhyme - for example, the first two lines of Humpty Dumpty become ''hdsoawhdhagf''. Make some of the letters upper case, drop in a few symbols and you've got the foundations for a secure password.
When creating a wide range of passwords you might want to start with a strong base password such as HdSoAw*70. From that you can generate unique passwords for different services, such as gHdSoAw*70m for Gmail and fHdSoAw*70a for Facebook. Make sure your pattern isn't so simple that if someone discovers one password they can easily guess the others.
Source: The Brisbane Times, Technology, by Adam Turner, 7 June 2011.
Spyware is software installed on your computer without your consent to monitor or control your computer use.
Malware, short for "malicious software," includes viruses and spyware to steal personal information, send spam, and commit fraud.
When using the internet you could be vulnerable to hackers or viruses. Here are tips to help ensure online security.
* 148,000 – New zombie computers created per day (used in botnets for sending spam, etc.)
* 2.6 million – Amount of malicious code threats at the start of 2009 (viruses, trojans, etc.)
* 921,143 – The number of new malicious code signatures added by Symantec in Q4 2009.
What are Bots, Viruses, Malware and Spyware?
Internet Safety - Securing your Home Network