by Elaina

XKCD's recent comic on password securityIf you don’t read the web-comic XKCD, I highly recommend that you start doing so now. Self-billed as a “A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language”, it provides great insights to life and technology.

That said, last Wednesday’s comic on password security was definitely an eye opener for me. I recently wrote a blog post for NPower Northwest on creating password policies for nonprofit organizations, and I may well be making an update to that soon. On the whole, the advice there is still the same: Create solid passwords, don’t re-use them on multiple sites/logins, change them regularly and educate staff on password best practices.

While I do plan to start using this advice, I will still leave some numbers, symbols, and capitals – if for no other reason, than the fact that most of the services I use require that in some manner or another. Regardless of which method you choose, make sure to follow the other aspects of password best practices to ensure that your sites and programs remain secure.