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Monday, November 12, 2012

Protecting Your Password

If you spend much time on the computer, you probably use passwords. Regardless if it’s online banking, shopping, or the all too famous “facebooking”, a secret code known as a “password” makes it possible. Chances are, most people will get “hacked” at least once in their lifetimes. Professional computer hackers will find all kinds of ways to crack the code; most of the time, so they can simply sell your password to other hackers for a handsome profit—I guess there really is such a thing as a “wholesale hacker”.

Here are a few tips from IT professionals on how to protect your password:

1) Forget the Dictionary (If your password can be found in the dictionary, you might as well not have one, because it’s too easy to guess.)

2) Never Use the Same Password Twice (If hackers can crack a code to one of your accounts, they can crack the code to several of your accounts.)

3) Jam On Your Keyboard (For sensitive accounts like bank accounts, randomly type in keys on the keyboard, hit the SHIFT and ALT keys, then copy the result into an encrypted, password-protected USB drive. Whatever that means!)

4) Ignore Security Questions (Questions like “What is your favorite color” or “What high school did you attend” have a limited amount of answers, or they can be found on the Internet.)

If you love to be on the computer, these tips are helpful; but as Christians, we have only one password that connects us to God, and that’s our heart. It defines our spiritual well-being and identity. Unfortunately, Satan does everything he can to crack that special code. That’s why the writer of Proverbs so appropriately writes, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)

On the computer, if your password is compromised and your account is hacked, you can always make another one. However, you only have one chance with your heart. Once it’s gone, it’s gone, and there’s no replacing it. Protect your password with everything you have. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6: 21)