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Windows NT Passwords

Windows NT's password scheme and feature set are completely different from that of Windows 9x. The first thing to ensure is that every user has his own account with his own password. In other words, do not allow the use of shared “group” accounts or allow users to share their passwords. Family members should each have their own account rather than sharing the Administrator account if they all use the same computer. If accounts are shared, it's impossible to track who was using the computer and possibly doing something he shouldn't do. In addition, people can cause a lot of damage with the Administrator account if they do not know what they are doing.

The passwords chosen should also be non-dictionary words (that is, one should not be able to find the word in any dictionary). This is because hackers can launch attacks against NT machines, trying every word in the dictionary until the legitimate password is discovered. Adding punctuation marks and numbers to passwords makes them even more difficult to guess. Other password settings can be enabled, such as maximum password age and minimum password length.


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