Chapter 10

NEW PASSWORD

Since this is your first login, you are advised to chan0ge the password from what has been assigned to you. In general it is good idea to change the password from time to time, especially if you suspect that someone has found it out.

The guidelines suggested here will help you to choose a password which will be difficult to crack. Follow them.

After you have chosen a password for yourself and are ready to change it, select option 6 from the First Menu.

You will get the screen asking you to type your Old Password. After entering the Old Password, the system at VSNL will ask you to enter your New Password and press <enter>. Then it will request you to retype your New Password, again. After you have entered the password the second time, the job is over, and you have a new password of your choice.

Guidelines for choosing a password:

Most people choose their password for its convenience. Unfortunately, what is convenient for them is convenient also for a hacker. Systems managers all over the world believe that 80% of computer break-ins are caused by poor password choice.

Passwords are cracked by computer programs which use a dictionary of common words. So to make a password difficult to crack, pick a password which:

Some people find it difficult to pick a password of this type, which they can also remember. However, you have no alternative, if you don't want a hacker to break your password.

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