What’s Easy to Remember but Hard to Guess? A Good Password

A key and a keyhole

Passwords have two main purposes: (1) to make it easy for an authorised person to log on to the system and (2) to make it hard for an unauthorised person to gain access to your account. If the password isn’t written down or stored in a password manager, a good password needs to be easy to remember (to meet the first purpose) and hard to guess (to meet the second purpose). A lot of passwords are good for one of these purposes but not the other and it is important to keep this in mind when choosing a password.

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Up in the Clouds

Storm cloudsAs anyone who has watched a thunderstorm will know, clouds can be powerful and fascinating phenomena. The term cloud, when applied to computing, shrouds a useful idea in an unnecessary air of mystery.

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