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Change your default passwords

Posted by Steven Kennedy on June 1, 2010

Seems obvious doesn’t it but I guess some people don’t get it, change default passwords.

There’s a ‘good’ article in this past weeks Computer World by Frank Hayes on the topic. I say ‘good’ because I like his writing style and in this case the story as well. What made this weeks article more appealing, well amusing, was the repeated refrain of ‘change your default passwords’ in it’s may variations sprinkled throughout the article. You really need to read the whole article to get the context of the refrain but I’m going to excerpt that refrain below, just incase you don’t want to go and read the whole article;

Moral of the story: Change your default passwords.

Moral of the story: No kidding, change those default passwords.

Moral of the story: Really, change those default passwords. And pray you get an attacker this hapless

Moral of the story: Honest, you should change your default passwords. And apply your vendors’ security patches. And when in doubt, call the FBI.

And never, ever get your security advice from YouTube.


So, how many of you haven’t change your home cable modem, DSL modem, firewall, Wireless access points password?

Go a networked printer? have you changed it’s default password? For a good reason to not only change it’s default password but also to erase it’s local disk before disposal see the YouTube video at;

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