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Passwords

Passwords are an integral part of CDCís overall security. Your password, along with your user-ID, are the legal basis of your electronic identity within CDC systems. If your password is compromised, then anything you can access through your account can be at risk. Passwords are one of the vulnerabilities most frequently targeted by someone trying to break into a system.

What are the most frequent ways in which passwords are compromised:

  • Easily identifiable personal information (family name, petís name)
  • Use of password cracking software
  • "Brute force attacks" where every possible combination of letters and numbers is tried (this type of attack can take days or months depending on the strength of your password)

Similar tools are used by the CDCís IRMO Technical Security Team to identify accounts that may be susceptible to misuse before trouble arises. However, there are numerous ways that you can help protect your password and our information.

Security Topics

Creating Stronger Passwords
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This CD-ROM was produced April 8, 2003
from the original content of "Security Awareness for Everyone."

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