Passwords are often the first line of defense against hackers trying to logon to a user’s account. Due to this, the password that a user selects for protection of their account is critical. These passwords must be “good” passwords that are not easily cracked. However, how does the network administrator enforce this? A simple change to the login process can make the passwords chosen by users much more secure. A description of this simple process is given in this paper. The normal login process is described. A description of the how hackers attempt to crack passwords is given. The simple change in the login process that makes passwords more secure is described next. Finally, conclusions are stated.
Magruder, Scott and Lewis, Stanley X. Jr
"More Secure Passwords,"
Journal of International Technology and Information Management: Vol. 16
, Article 7.
Available at: http://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/jitim/vol16/iss1/7