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Password Protection : Things to do before die

The sub-topic was just for humor. Well, Password protection for sure falls under the things-to-do lists. We often ignore it’s importance , but should never underestimate.
To protect access to the computer, every user account should have a password. Following are the course of action or advices to choose a strong password:-

1.Always assign a password to the Administrator account to prevent unauthorized access to the account.

2.Define whether the Administrator or the users will control passwords.In most cases users should control their passwords.

3.Use passwords that are hard to guess. For example, avoid using passwords with an noticeable association, such as family member’s name. Using real name, a username, or a company names makes for an easy-to-guess password. Avoid using common passwords such as “letmein” or “password” or same password as user’s name.

4.Using common dictionary word makes you exposed to automated programs that are designed to guess passwords.

5.Using any password that you write down or that you share with someone else is not secure.

6.Passwords can contain up to 128 characters, a minimum length of 8 characters is recommended.

7.Include both UPPERCASE and lowercase letters, numbers and valid non alphanumeric characters(such a punctuation).

8.Using no password at all is not a good practice because in an unsecured computer users easily can just walk in and log on.

9.Length, complex, variation and variety are the four things to consider while creating a strong password.

10.Complex passwords are secure, but if user’s find it difficult to remember, then an alternative way can be to use pass phrase like a sentence or two.

11.For example : Complex password : C0mplexP@$$w0rd
Pass phrase: A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

Test the strength of your passwords here

Some more references Google and Microsoft

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Windows 8 Advanced Startup Options

Windows 8 have come a long way to add several new features which give you some great options for fixing your PC.
Windows is trying really hard to give its best. It seems that the more recent the operating system, the less you have to reinstall it. The improvements in the OS help to prevent programs, and also users, from adversely affecting the PC’s performance.
Earlier Windows OS:
Earlier Windows versions had fewer startup options: There was
-Safe Mode and VGA mode,
-and you could enable boot logging or debugging mode.
-There was also the Last Known Good Configuration.
Safe Mode is still a great idea – load up only the most basic set of hardware drivers. Since so many software problems can be traced back to a faulty or incompatible hardware driver, the ability to turn them all off is still a hugely valuable troubleshooting technique.
Debugging Mode is beyond what most users do to repair their system. It’s great for engineers, but requires too much training to be used by regular PC users.
Using the Last Known Good Configuration was a great idea, too. The concept was simple – if the settings make it all the way to the end of the session, they must have worked. Save them and call them “Last Known Good”. It was a step in the right direction.
Windows 7 Advanced Startup getting really good:
The Advanced Boot Options for Vista and Windows 7 was even better. You could change your PC to no longer reboot automatically after a system crash right from the startup options.
And in addition to the original options, you could now run Memory Diagnostics, System Restore, and even automatically repair many common problems from the advanced startup options.
-Safe Mode
-Safe Mode with Networking
-Safe Mode with Command Prompt
-Enable Boot Logging
-Last Knows Good Configuration(advanced)
-Disable Automatic Restart on System Failure, etc
were some of the options in Advanced startup.
Windows 8 Advanced Startup Options are the best ever been:
When your computer isn’t running right, you’ll really appreciate just how advanced the new advanced startup options are for Windows 8.
Refresh and Reset are the first two options. They are brand new, and they have gotten quite a lot of attention the newest features in the advanced startup menu.
Refresh is a heavy duty cleaning of your computer – but leaves your personal data intact. It also removes programs in the classic desktop mode. However, you keep the Metro programs that you installed from Windows Store.
Personalization settings (desktop background, screen resolution, picture password) are kept. PC Settings (network settings, hardware drivers, windows features) are removed or set to defaults.
Reset is the equivalent of doing a factory reset. It brings your computer back to the way it was when you got it, or at least when it was new. All programs have to be reinstalled, and your personal data is gone, too. You’ll need to backup any data that you’ll want to keep before doing this and Windows 8 gives you very clear warnings about what’s about to happen to your data if you proceed.In fact, you’re actually given two options when you’re doing a Reset. You can either remove the files, or you can remove the files and “scrub the hard drive”, making it more difficult for somebody to recover the deleted files.
Even more advanced options in Windows 8 Advanced Startup
-System Restore puts the PC settings back to the way they were at the last Restore Point
-System Image Recovery is a full restore from a backed-up System Image File
-Automatic Repair Fixes a lot of problems for you
-Command Prompt when you just need to have a little access
-Startup Settings includes all of the original Advanced Repair Options like Safe Mode