A desktop admin's guide to passwords in the enterprise

If password management causes headaches in your enterprise, don’t stress. This guide will get you back to basics and help heal your password woes.

 Password management nightmares are abundant in the enterprise. From weak and forgotten passwords to lost passwords, the threats to desktop security seem endless. But don’t fret. We’ve compiled a guide of our top password tips and tricks to help you heal your security woes.

MANAGING PASSWORDS IN THE ENTERPRISE

How to manage multiple passwords in Windows
Are you having trouble managing the growing number of passwords in your Windows arsenal? These five methods can lighten your load.

Windows 7 doesn't end the need to monitor passwords
Windows 7 password security goes well beyond surface-level identification. Effectively locking down your system is essential to protecting your organization from threats.

Bolstering password strength in the enterprise
Although enhanced authentication measures are commonplace in today’s enterprise, simple passwords just don’t make the cut.

Constructing an effective password policy
Getting your password policy up to par could mean life or death when it comes to enterprise security. It’s important to build a management-approved policy for your organization -- and keep it intact.

Linking Windows security with clear-cut password policies
Establishing a balanced password policy isn’t the only thing administrators need to do to secure enterprise information. Preventing weak passwords and decryption is also a must.

PASSWORD BEST PRACTICES

Nine password blunders to avoid in the enterprise
Weak passwords can easily be avoided if you know what to look for. Our expert breaks down nine common oversights you should steer clear of.

Is eight too many characters for strong passwords?
Coming up with a password character limit that meets security needs and satisfies users is almost impossible, but passphrases may do the trick.

Best practices for Windows password management
Go back to basics with these recommendations for improved password management, including how to decipher a proper password and enforce your password policy.

CRACKING DESKTOP PASSWORDS

How to crack a password
Password cracking isn’t always a bad business practice. In fact, there are a number of techniques that can serve you well depending on the situation.

Cracking passwords in Windows 7
Hackers are using an endless amount of tools to crack enterprise passwords -- including those on the Windows 7 operating system.

For more information on enterprise security visit SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com.

This was first published in February 2011

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