Monthly Archives: October 2013

Cyber Security

October is almost over so here are some last minute tips on how to beef up your Cyber Security Awareness

Use Strong Passwords

Examples of weak passwords are:

  1. Default passwords like admin, password, root
  2. ANY word in a dictionary
  3. Obfuscated words like: Te$t, d00rno8, B1ack
  4. Repeated words: funfun, salesale
  5. Keyboard Sequences such as: asdfg, qwerty, 12345
  6. Number Sequences like: 12345, 0987654321
  7. Your user name or email address
  8. Personal Identifiers like: your phone number, current or previous address, birthdays, kids or pets names

Remembering complex passwords can be difficult. Try a mnemonic style password, this could be accomplished by using the first letter of each word in a phrase for example:
“The orange fox jumped over the cow and ran back to her den in the deep dark forest.”
This phrase would then become the password:


The key here is to achieve high entropy (randomness/disorder) and if you want to be extra secure use an uppercase letter and surround your password with symbols:


The first password would achieve a quality of 60 bits, pretty good, but by adding an uppercase letter and surrounding the password with underscores you would achieve a quality of almost 100 bits–Much harder to crack.

For those who have trouble remembering all your passwords check out a free password manager that uses strong encryption, and has a smartphone app!


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