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Creating a Secure Password

 

Is your password on the list of worst Internet Passwords?

Below is a list of the 'worst' internet passwords of 2014. Do you see any passwords similar to those you may be currently using for accounts which provide access to important information about you? These could include your University network or email account, or your iTunes, Amazon, PayPal, LinkedIn, or Facebook account?

If so it may be time to consider a change!

Rank Password
1 123456
2 password
3 12345
4 12345678
5 qwerty
6 123456789
7 1234
8 baseball
9 dragon
10 football
11 1234567
12 monkey
13 letmein
14 abc123
15 111111
16 mustang
17 access
18 shadow
19 master
20 Michael

 

What makes these passwords so bad?

The passwords on this list demonstrate many of the common features which make a password weak and easy for an attacker to guess or crack:

  • They use dictionary words like dragon, football & monkey
  • They use common sequences or repeated characters like 111111 & 12345678
  • They use adjacent letters on the keyboard like qwerty

How can I create a secure password?

The key ideas to think about when creating a password are:

  • Length – Make your passwords long with 8 or more characters.
  • Complexity – Include letters, symbols, and numbers and a variety of upper and lower case characters.
  • Obscurity – Good passwords are randomised combinations of characters, don’t use dictionary words or words with personal connections to you or the service the password is for.

Test it online When you think you have come up with a secure password you can check it with an online password checker.

How can I manage all my passwords?

The best idea is to use separate passwords for all your important accounts which provide access to important information about you like your University network account, iTunes or Facebook account. However remembering many different complex passwords is a challenge, one useful way to manage you passwords is to use an application like Keepass.

This is a small application which you can install on your computer and use to store your password information. The application is encrypted and password protected.  Obviously you should choose a really strong password to protect this application and remember to transfer and delete all information when you buy a new computer.

What if I forget my University Password?

Everyone forgets their password occasionally, you can save yourself a trip to the IT Service desk by signing up today for the automated password reset services provided by IT Services below:

Password manager is a web-based application which allows staff to manage and reset their network login password.

Students can reset their email and network login password and have details sent to their mobile phone. Sign up today by providing a mobile phone number and, optionally, an alternative email address.

 

 

 

 

Contact: sara.mcaneney@tcd.ie | Sitemap | Last Updated: September 4, 2015