Surfing Safely (Basic Internet Security)
by Arnolzh Cafe
People are lazy by nature. This is true especially
as far as choosing passwords are concern. When we
sign up for online services such as e-mail, chat,
etc. we for the purpose of convenience opt to choose
the easier to remember passwords e.g. batman, superman.
Moreover, we use this as passwords to all of the sites
that require the use of it. After reading this perhaps
you may want to reconsider your choices of passwords.
One method of hacking is called brute forcing wherein
a certain software tries to guess the password you
are using by matching it with a wordlist. A wordlist
is a text file, which is a list of passwords commonly
used by people.
Bottom line is donít use ordinary passwords. It would
be better if you use a combination of lowercase and
uppercase letters, and numbers. X25sUpErMan34 for
example would be a good password. Furthermore, another
safety measure would be to use different passwords
for different sign ups. Imagine if a hacker were able
to hack your password for yahoo and you used the same
password for hotmail then you probably would have
guessed what would happened.
Another security tool is installing a firewall. There
are several freeware firewalls in the web today. Search
for one in search engines (google, yahoo) and look
at software reviews to see which is the better one
to use. Configured correctly, firewalls will protect
you from portscan, denial of service attacks, Trojans,
About the Author:
Arnolzh Cafe may be contacted at http://www.mukamo.com
. Arnolzh A. Cafe is a civil engineer from the Philippines.
He is the creator of two successful yahoogroups and
the webmaster of a newly created site http://www.mukamo.com
which caters to all Filipinos worldwide.