made it!

Jude T. DaShiell jdashiel at
Sun Jun 4 08:10:50 EDT 2000

The explanation is this.  Weak passwords use letters and numbers.
Programs exist and have been in the hands of hackers that search for
letter number passwords quite well and don't take that much time to do the
searches.  Those extra symbols the programs don't search for.  That puts
passwords with the extra typing symbols in a stronger position, hackers
can't get into your system as fast.  That gives you more time to take
defensive measures when you detect a hacker attack attempt.  Let's just
say where I work this is justifiably a big concern.  How do you detect a
hacker attack?  Logs should be written to with every attempted connection
to your system.  In those logs failed connections are listed as well as
successful connections.  If you read failed connections on your system at
dates and times when you weren't using the computer, someone else was
trying to do so.  That ranks as a possible hacker attack attempt.

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