How to make a sweet password that you will remember and that will protect you

They’re strange, they’re complex, they’re everywhere and we forget them far more than is good for us.  

No, we’re not talking about smartphones, we’re talking about passwords—using strong passwords to lock down your login.

Did you know that reusing a password for multiple accounts is one of the most common ways accounts are hijacked? If you reuse your passwords, it means if one account is compromised hackers can use the same password on multiple accounts.

Ever had your password hacked and then missed your morning coffee? We hope not! But let us tell you, it’s certainly not a great start to the day. So, what can you do to avoid this possibility? 

Follow our tips to lock down your login

  • Avoid things like names, dates, anniversaries, pet names and all of those things that we all too often post to Facebook or other social media.
  • Use different passwords for different accounts.  As a minimum, keep your study, work, social and commercial passwords separate.
  • Always include a mix of alpha, numeric and special characters.
  • Experts agree that a strong password is at least 12 characters containing a mix of letters, numbers and symbols. It’s really hard to remember a lot of strong and unique passwords, but we’ve got some helpful tips to make life easier.

How to remember your super secure password

Long passphrases are strong and are actually often easier to remember than a traditional password.

Let’s look at an example. You want to set a super strong 21 character password (yes 21) for your LinkedIn account and you want it to be unique and easy to remember?  How about ‘M@Linked1nPWis$tr0ng!’.  

This passphrase essentially says ‘my LinkedIn password is strong!’ and it is 21 characters including alpha upper and lower case, numeric and special characters—how easy is that!  

HINT: Don’t use that password for LinkedIn though, now that it is public. This is just an example of how you can construct a passphrase as a strong password.

Is your password secure?

Think you have set a strong password? Once you have setup a strong password, you can take the password test to know how secure your password is!

For even better password security also consider the following:

  • Wherever possible, use multifactor authentication so that your login and password is also authenticated by another ‘factor’ such as an SMS code, one time software generated passcode, etc.
  • Look at using a password manager, there are many personal free ones to choose from such as LastPass.
  • Still reading? Take a look at the Ultimate Password Guide.

For more information and tips, visit the Griffith University Cyber Security website.


Where to store your research data

Thankfully it’s not on a floppy disk!

If you’re a research student, we’re sure you know oh-too-well the struggles of managing and storing your immense amounts of data.

And, while we’re super grateful it’s 2018, and we don’t have to store data on floppy disks like in 1998, or on physical paper like in 1968, it’s still an enormous task to manage.

Enter: Griffith’s Research Storage Service. It offers various digital storage services based on specific storage needs to all researchers and research students affiliated with the university.

The three storage services available include Research Space, Research Drive, and Research Vault. There’s even a nifty little questionnaire you can take, which tells you which service is best for you.

We tested it out, and we can tell you with certainty that it takes under one minute, and that our fictitious data is best suited to Research Space.

The service can help you store, share and synchronise the digital data generated during your research project.

Project data is stored securely on Griffith servers and you’ll get unlimited storage, can access the service anytime and anywhere, as well as share files easily with collaborators at Griffith, in Australia and overseas.

For more information on the various services, check out the FAQs for Research Drive, Research Space and Research Vault.


PebblePad and Win!

Have you heard of PebblePad?

If not, let us enlighten you. In fact, there might even be some sweet $$moola$$ in it for you!

Enter the About Me Challenge listed below and you could win gift cards, coffee vouchers and PebblePad gifts.

PebblePad is a platform to collect, curate, create, communicate and share achievements, personal capabilities and professional skills via an electronic portfolio like Katherine, Rebecca and Sophie have.

Using PebblePad throughout your degree provides a wonderful opportunity to create an online portfolio where you can record your learning, achievements, skills and experiences gained during your time at Griffith on a digital platform that’s easy to update as you go.

You’ll be able to showcase your skills, what you have learnt, and what you have created, when looking for employment.

But step one is getting started.

Learning Futures are currently running a competition to help you stay ahead of the game, and learn how to use PebblePad so that when you do use it in a course you’ll already be comfortable with it: the About Me Challenge.

When
Now – Week 9 of Trimester 3 (12 January 2018)

What
There are two challenges. For Challenge 1, open up PebblePad and create an About Me portfolio that includes:

  • A Welcome page (Who am I?)
  • Curricular goals (Why am I at Griffith?)
  • Co-curricular and extracurricular activities (What do I do outside of class?)

For a chance to win even more prizes, why not continue on with Challenge 2? This includes:

  • Creating an ‘Aspirational Me in a Minute’ video
  • Reflection on your journey so far at Griffith, touching on progress on your goals from Challenge 1
  • Using the blog tool in PebblePad to tell us about an experience at Griffith that is helping you progress towards your career

Prizes
Go into the draw to win 2 x $50 Westfield gift cards, 2 x $50 Visa gift cards, PebblePad gifts and coffee vouchers

Need help?
Check out the PebblePad Student Support page

For further information and details on the challenges, visit the About Me page.


What’s new with Learning@Griffith?

Learning@Griffith is the University’s online learning and teaching environment, from which you can access your lecture notes, course readings, lecture recordings, and so much more.

As a diligent student, you’re probably way too familiar with Learning@Griffith – constantly logging on to check your learning content, stay up to date (and ahead!) on readings, revising lectures. Yep, you spend way more time on Learning@Griffing than Facebook and Reddit, right?

However there are a few nifty features available that you might not know about:

Support Centre

You may notice a new little Support? tab pop up in the top right-hand corner of your page. This is your link to the Learning@Griffith Support Centre.

Have you ever been on Learning@Griffith and confused, needed help, or just a bit more information? Wish you could get that with the click of a button? Well, now you can!

Clicking on the Support Centre icon will open the Support Centre pop-up box which includes:

  • Direct links to Ask Us questions – simply select the category of information you’re after, and see the relevant Ask Us results.
  • A search function, so you can search our self-help resources for the information you’re after.
  • Links to further support. Either phone us directly, or email from the Support Centre directly to support analyst (this is handy if you need to attach any content).

The Support Centre is a contextual help item. This means that the support centre will take into account which page you are on in order to provide you with the most relevant support resources.

Personalise page

Did you know you can personalise your Learning@Griffith page?

Sick of the standard colour palette? Change the theme to your favourite colours instead (though – sorry Henry Ford – there’s no black)! To do so simply click the Personalise Page option at the top of the Learning@Griffith home page.

You can also alter the location of modules on your homepage. Want your Important Links front and centre? Mouse over the top left of the module, and you’ll see a move icon appear which will allow you to drag and drop the module wherever you’d like it.

In fact, you can even add modules! Want a dictionary, calculator or note pad? Click the Add Module option at the top left of the homepage, and browse all our addable modules!


myGriffith: it’s your student portal

Photo of a girl sitting on the floor with a laptop

If you’re a current student, you’d be well aware of myGriffith. However if you’re starting this trimester, there are a few things you need to know about this key portal.

myGriffith is the starting point for everything at Griffith. It’s your student portal which is personalised to you and can be accessed on any device, anywhere, anytime.

It provides a homepage with links to all the Griffith sites you’ll rely on while studying at Griffith. These include

  • A link to your Student Email
  • Your student timetable
  • Feedback
  • Campus maps
  • Transport and parking
  • Learning@Griffith
  • Griffith Library
  • My courses
  • Study support
  • Personal support
  • Student life
  • Employment
  • My key contacts

Take a look around – you’ll find some links are essential (like your timetable and student email), while some are just super handy (such as study support and employment).

Why not even customise it? You can add a photo and edit your quick links to ensure they display the most appropriate links for you.

If you’re feeling a bit confused with your myGriffith, check out the myGriffith user guide for students, or the further support resources available.


Say goodbye to your research storage problems!

Are you a research student? If so, we’re sure you know the immense effort, organisation and dedication that goes into your research.

So, what’s at the crux of all your research? Data! Or, an incredibly stressed coffee-fuelled research student. Your call. But we’re gonna go with data.

But – what do you do with all your data? Where are you saving  it? I mean, it is the crux of your research, so we hope you’re storing it somewhere suitable.

Did you know that Griffith University offers various storage services to all researchers and research students affiliated with the university via the Research Storage Service.

These services include Research Space, Research Drive, and Research Vault. There’s even a nifty little questionnaire you can take, which tells you which service is best for you.

We tested it out, and we can tell you with certainty that it takes under one minute, and that our fictitious data is best suited to Research Space.

The service can help you store, share and synchronise the digital data generated during your research project. Your data is stored on Griffith systems, not off-shore.

You get unlimited storage, can access the service anytime and anywhere, and you can share files easily with collaborators at Griffith, in Australia and overseas.

For more information on the various services, check out the FAQs for Research Drive, Research Space and Research Vault.


Improve your research and publishing skills!

Are you a research student?

Yes, while the undergrads are away on trimester vacay, you’re working hard on your research each day.

It’s a hard life. But you’re committed. And future you (who’s widely published and likely adorned with quite a few extra letters at the end of your name) will look back and thank you.

Speaking of being committed, have you taken a look at our Postgrad Research Information Skills Modules?

Designed to help you navigate your way through the research cycle, the modules have been grouped into three sections: Discover, Manage and Publish.

The modules provide you with strategies, resources and interactive learning activities to enable you to successfully complete your project.

Discover how to develop a your research question, find the literature you need, and use the literature.

Manage your organisation or citations and references, ensure you maintain research integrity, manage your research data effectively, and learn about author profiles.

Then – ahhh the culmination of all your hard work – Publish. Learn how to select a journal, submit a manuscript, and navigate the peer review, revising and editing processes. Explore collaboration options and how to use social media to expand your readership and altmetric score. Learn about scholarly impact of your publication. Then – go at it again! Find resources to help with getting funding for future research!