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HP Notebook PCs - Creating and Managing Passwords in Vista

How safe is your password?

The first step in protecting and managing your privacy both on the web and on your PC is creating a safe password. A safe password is a password that a computer program or a persistent individual will not easily be able to guess in a short period of time.

Tips for creating a secure password

A secure password is a password that effectively prevents humans and computer programs from gaining unauthorized access to your computer.

A strong password uses the following guidelines:

  • It contains punctuation marks and/or numbers.
  • It is a combination of capital letters and lowercase letters.
  • It uses similar-looking substitutions, such as the number zero for the letter 'O', the symbol '$' for the letter 'S,' and the number '3' for the letter 'E'.
  • It includes phonetic replacements, such as 'Luv2Laf' for 'Love to Laugh'.

A weak password usually has one of the following characteristics:

  • It is listed as an example of how to pick a good password.
  • It contains personal information (e.g., your name, birth date, etc.).
  • It has words or acronyms that can be found in a dictionary.
  • It is a phrase or term that can easily be tied back to you (e.g., your hobbies, favorite sports team, your pet's name, etc.).
  • It is a series of keyboard patterns (such as the sequence, 'asdf') or sequential numbers (like '1234').
  • It contains all numbers, all uppercase letters or all lowercase letters.
  • It contains repeating characters (e.g., 'aa11').

Tips for keeping your password secure

  • Never send your password to anyone via email, not even to yourself.
  • Never tell your password to anyone (e.g., co-workers, family members, friends, etc.).
  • Periodically change your password (usually every 30 to 90 days) .
  • Never write your password down.
    If you feel that you need to write your password down because you might forget it, it is strongly recommended that you store the password in a secure location away from your work area and nowhere near your computer. A locked document safe is a good example of a safe place to store your password, if you absolutely must write it down.

Backup and restore passwords

Store the saved password on an external USB thumb drive or other removable media and put it in a safe place away from the area in which you usually work.
An external USB thumb drive is a portable device that allows you to store data and carry it with you. You can easily transfer data from one computer to another with a thumb drive.

Manage your network passwords in Windows Vista

Follow the steps below to manage your passwords in Windows Vista:
  1. Click the Start button at the bottom-left of your screen.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click the User Accounts link.
  4. Click the User Accounts link again.
  5. Click the Manage your network passwords link in the left pane of the control panel.
You can Add, Remove, or Edit User names to manage network passwords from the Stored User Names and Passwords window.






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