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Password Dos and Don'ts

Password Dos and Don’ts

Give Everything a Password

Many software products come with a blank password by default. Using anything as a password is better than a blank password.

Don’t Make Your Password Too Obvious

Try to avoid passwords with obvious personal significance…your last name for example. And don’t use default passwords such as the words ‘password’ or ‘administrator’.

Don’t Make Your Password Too Short

Use at least 8 characters or more to create a password. The more number of characters we use, the more secure is our password. For example, create a password from a sentence or phrase consisting of a combination of lowercase, uppercase, numbers and special characters etc.

Don’t Use Common Dictionary Words

Software programs that use dictionaries as the basis for their attack strategy are commonly available. A computer conducting a ‘dictionary’ attack can try every word in its dictionary in a few minutes. Most dictionary attack programs also check proper names, common misspellings, words with numbers appended or preceding, and foreign language words.

Don’t Use the Same Password Over and Over Again

Passwords should be changed on a regular basis, at least once every 60 days. The primary reason is that if someone has cracked your password without you being aware of it, it makes them have to start all over again. A strong password is never reused.

Unique Account Unique Password

Having separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cyber criminals. At a minimum, separate your work and personal accounts and make sure that your critical accounts have the strongest passwords. You can make use of passphrases to construct your passwords.

Check Your Surrounding

Be careful while entering a password when someone is sitting beside or behind you.

How to Construct a Strong Password using a Sentence/Phrase

Should you have any issues with your account password kindly call ICT Services on 2236 or send an email to support@strathmore.edu​.