How safe is your password?


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It’s pretty safe to say that it’s not safe at all.

Most of us struggle to remember the passwords for the gazillion computer accounts that we have; internet banking, Facebook, personal email, Netflix… Honestly, who can remember all the accounts, much less the password.

So we may cheat a little to make them memorable. Maybe your password is the same for all these accounts. Maybe there is a slight variation in passwords (like you change the number at the end). Maybe the password is your dog’s name and year of birth.

And all of this means your password is not safe; any ol’ hacker in the world could crack your code.

Now, we want your student computer account to remain secure. So here are some tip-top tips to keep your password safe:

  • Ensure your password is at least 8 characters long and contains a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and punctuation.
  • Never re-use passwords, and never use a series of passwords which follow a predictable pattern (for example using the same word each time along with an incrementing number).
  • Use a different password for Griffith to what you use for banking, Facebook, and personal email.
  • Make it memorable. Longer passwords made up of several words can be easier to remember and safer.
  • Never share your password. Not even with colleagues, friends or family.
  • Never respond to any email which demands you reply to it with your username and password.
  • Griffith IT Support will NEVER ask you to give them your password via email, phone, or in person.

Visit the Secure Passwords page for techniques to choose a strong password.