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How to generate a more secure password?

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Q&AYou may have heard the news about Twitter and that many accounts got hacked. This may raises the question now, how YOU can protect your accounts and how to create a secure password? There are many tools available to generate a random password, but let’s be honest, who can remember those? It becomes even more complicated if you have a different random password for every single account. By the way, you most definitely should have different passwords for different accounts. So again the question, how to create a strong and secure password which you can also remember?

The answer isn’t as complicated as it may seems. One rule you should have is that each password should be at least 7 characters long, should include a number and should have one capital letter.

Before we now go and generate our passwords, sort your accounts into groups. Email, Bank, Social Media are some group examples, but you can also go with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or how about Business and Private?

The next step is to come up with a sentence you can remember. Like “My zip code as a child was 555”

Based on this sentence we generate now our basic password by using the first letters combined with the number. Our basic password looks now like this “Mzcaacw555” and now, to have slightly different passwords for our different accounts, we add the group to it. Here some examples:

Facebook = “Mzcaacw555-FB”
Twitter = “Mzcaacw555-TW”
Email = “Mzcaacw555-EM”

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How can you check if your computer has been infected with DNS Changer malware?

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You probably heard already the news about the DNS Changer and may wonder how you can secure that your system is safe. The easiest way to check your system is to go to this website:

http://www.dcwg.org/detect/

But what is the DNS Changer? To answer this question please allow me to add an image from the FBI website to this post:

If you need more information please follow those links:

For Canada:
http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/prg/em/ccirc/2011/in11-002-eng.aspx

For the US:
http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2011/november/malware_110911

To check your Mac:
http://www.dcwg.org/detect/checking-osx-for-infections/

To check your Win 7 computer:
http://www.dcwg.org/detect/checking-windows-7-for-infections/

To check your Win XP computer:
http://www.dcwg.org/detect/checking-for-dns-changer-on-windows-xp/