The Computer Education Society Of Philadelphia
What's in a Password

Password sometimes abbreviated as PWD (not to be confused with the Linux pwd command), a password is a set of secret characters or words utilized to gain access to a computer, web page, network resource, or data. Passwords help ensure that computers or data can only be accessed by those who have been granted the right to view or access them.

A strong password - Term used to describe a password that is an effective password that would be difficult to break.
Often a strong password has between six and ten characters (the more the better), numbers, other characters, and both upper and lowercase characters. Below is an example of a strong password.


Weak password - A password that is not an effective password because it's easy to remember. Names, birth dates, phone numbers, and easily guessable words are considered weak passwords. Below is an example of a weak password.

Just for laughs

During a recent password audit in a company it was found that a person
was using the following password:
When asked why such a long password,
she said she was told it had to be 8 characters and include at least one capital!


What is a safe way to remember my passwords?

KeePass password manager
Keeping track of all your passwords can be a daunting task. However, there are dozens of different programs (known as password managers) designed to keep track of all your passwords for you securely. We highly recommend KeePass a free, open source, and lite password manager that is easy to use. Visit to download this program.

If you want an online tool that you can sync between multiple devices including your phone, tablet, and different computers, we highly recommend Dashlane. Dashlane makes it extremely easy to manage your passwords and warns about both unsecure and shared passwords. It also Autofills your form fields. Dashlane can downloaded from as well as Google Play and the Apple Apps store.

Utilizing programs such as KeePass or Dashlane encrypts your password data and is a much better solution than an unencrypted text document, or worse, on a Post-it note stuck to your monitor.

See online lectures and courses for free

Today, there are millions of free online lectures available in almost any conceivable topic. Below are a few of our favorite locations containing free online lectures and courses that are focused around computers and computer related topics.
Computer Basics - Includes free courses on computer basics, Windows, Mac, Office, and more.
Basic to advanced computers

    LearnersTV - A fantastic site with links to hundreds of free computer related links to videos around the web covering computer basics to advanced computer information. The site also has thousands of other links to videos on dozens of other topics.

    TheNewBoston - Great collection of computer programming, computer science, and Adobe related video tutorials.

Advanced computer and computer science

    Codecademy - Fantastic site that helps everyone for free learn to program in such languages as JavaScript, HTML/CSS, PHP, Python, and Ruby.

    Coursera - A collection of advanced computer and computer science courses from colleges around the world. Some of the topics covered include Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Programming, and much more.

    KHANACADEMY - Well known for its math related lessons and now also includes Science, Math, Economics, Humanities, and test preparations.

    OnlineCourses - Great site that lists hundreds of links to direct courses online for all the major Universities and is one of the best places we've found for finding Computer related courses.

    Academic Earth - Subjects include Business, Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Humanities, Social Services, Art & Design, and test preparations.
This was one of the first computers available to the public back in 1976 when CESOP got started. By todays standards this was not much more then a large calculator
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