PASSWORDS FOR BETTER SECURITY
Desktop and network security are becoming increasingly more important
to keeping hackers and other unauthorized users out of your computers
and your network. One step you can take to help prevent intrusions
is to strengthen your password policies. Long passwords that are difficult
to guess and which contain a mix of special characters, numbers, and
cases can be almost impossible to guess or crack.
First, don't use passwords
that contain words, and particularly don't use passwords that contain
only words. These passwords are easy to crack by brute-force crackers.
Second, mix special characters such as these
in your passwords
along with letters and numbers. Doing so can make the password very
difficult to guess. It can also make it difficult to remember, so
consider using a mnemonic for your password. For example, iLpi!Wm#
could be "I like pie with milk."
You can enforce some of these password restrictions for your users
with group policy. The Administrative Tools/Account Policies/Password
Policy branch includes a handful of policies that define and enforce
password characteristics. These policies also determine how frequently
a user must change his or her password and how soon the user can reuse