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Watchful, Wary and Wise - Be Smart Online: Bots, Viruses, Malware & Spyware

Learning how to behave appropriately and responsibly online, stay safe and create a positive personal profile are skills that everyone needs to develop

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.

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* 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.
Information from Hardoop Karma,March 2010

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