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.

What were the worst passwords of 2017?

Online accounts: Email, Netflix, PayPal, Spotify, Facebook, Snapchat, online banking, Uber. Shall we go on?

We can barely live without them in the 21st century. Imagine how hard it’d be to keep in contact with your friends if you actually had to post a letter or ride a bike to their place, or to survive a night out without Uber and Snapchat!

A large part of keeping your online world secure is passwords. But with so many accounts, come so many passwords. Some are fine – set once and that’s it. Some will prompt you to change at set periods (and they may not all align).

But let’s be honest, it’s hard having to think of a new, secure password every time, or even to update your password in the first place if you don’t get that prompt.

So inevitably, you may choose a password that is too simple, weak or just plain obvious.

So SplashData made a naughty list; the 25 worst passwords for 2017. The list is based on more than 5 million passwords that leaked online last year.

Check out the naughty list and see if any of your passwords are hacker-friendly. Here are a few offenders:

  1. 1. 123456
  2. 2. Password
  3. 3. 12345678
  4. 4. qwerty
  5. 5. 12345
  6. 6. 123456789
  7. 7. letmein
  8. 8. 1234567
  9. 9. football
  10. 10. iloveyou
  11. 11. admin
  12. 12. welcome
  13. 13. monkey
  14. 14. login
  15. 15. abc123
  16. 16. starwars
  17. 17. 123123
  18. 18. drafon
  19. 19. passw0rd
  20. 20. master
  21. 21. hello
  22. 22. freedom
  23. 23. whatever
  24. 24. qazwsx
  25. 25. trusno1

Read the full article in Newstex Global Business Blogs, available via the ProQuest database.

How safe is your password? When creating your password, we recommend you create a strong, easy-to-remember yet hard-to-guess password; preferably constructed as a ‘Passphrase’ (see example below). 

For tips on keeping your password secure, go to Griffith University’s Passwords page.

  1. Passphrase Example: A simple password such as ‘Hot Salsa’ is extremely easy to crack, although it meets the minimum eight characters when used as one word. It can be made much stronger by changing it to a passphrase like ‘Il1keH0t$@lsa!’. This pass phrase is saying ‘I like hot salsa’ and contains 14 characters including alpha (lower and upper case), numeric and special characters. It will be difficult to guess, yet it is fairly easy to remember. Secret questions can help you remember your password, and you could also use variations across different systems.

3 steps to increase your online privacy awareness

It’s week 10, which means you’re probably incredibly stressed about your impending deadlines for assessment.

This week is also Privacy Awareness Week, which means you should take a moment to worry about your online privacy too.

Surely you’ve seen Mark Zuckerberg’s face plastered all over the media recently, or at least Mark Zuckerberg memes strewn throughout your social feeds. The recent Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal highlights just how important privacy is.

We all use personal information to engage in work, social and business activities. However, disclosing too much or the wrong type of information to the wrong parties can compromise your privacy and negatively impact your digital reputation.

How do you keep your private information, well, private, you ask?

1. Be aware of what personal information is

Personal information is anything that could identify you. This includes your:

  • name
  • date of birth
  • address
  • email
  • phone number
  • student or social media ID
  • and more.

2. Be aware of how your personal information is being shared

It’s worth reading up on how social media, apps and games etc. collect and use the information you provide. Your digital identity has a long life so the consequences can be serious. You can locate this information in the company’s privacy policy. Below are a few privacy policies for companies you may provide your data to:

3. Follow good practices for privacy

For more information on cyber security tips visit the Griffith University cyber security website.

Where should you store your files?

You’ve worked hard on your study notes and assignments, so you want to make sure you are saving those files in a secure space. Which, by the way, is not to the desktop of our computers.

So, where should you store these files? Let us tell you!

When you’re using the common-use computers on campus, you’ve got two main options: H Drive and Google Drive.

H Drive

H Drive is available from common use computers via My Computer on the desktop. If you save your files here, you will be able to access them from any common use computer at any campus.

Though if you’re using one of our library laptops, you’ll need to use FileWay to access H Drive.

If you want to access files saved to H Drive off campus it does get a tad tricky. You’ll need to login to Griffith’s VPN first. You get a quota of 50 MB storage space for H Drive.

Google Drive

Google Drive is connected to your student email account. It’s accessible from any computer browser and most mobile devices. All you need is a connection to the internet and you’re sweet to access it anywhere.

You also get unlimited storage space on your Google Drive – that’s right, unlimited.

It’s also important to remember

  • Saving your work to any other location on common use computers (e.g. the desktop or My Documents) will result in deletion when you log out or turn off the computer.
  • Backup, backup, backup your files! Along with Google Drive and H Drive, you could save to a USB or email the file to yourself.

For further information, check out our Storing your files webpage.

You can borrow a laptop from the library

photo of laptop

Everybody loves a freebie.

Well, how about a free laptop? Well, you can’t take it home exactly, but you can totally use it on campus.

Did you know that as a Griffith student you can borrow a laptop for free from the Library service desk?

Simply come visit the friendly staff at the library service desk with your photo ID, and we’ll loan you a laptop for three whole hours.

You could smash some study inside the library or at your favourite study nook on campus, take some notes using the laptop at your lecture or tutorial, or even jump on social media (for educational reasons, of course).

All laptops have the basic student software installed and are connected to the University’s wireless network.

Now, be aware we don’t have an endless supply of laptops. Get in early during the busy periods to avoid disappointment. It’s first come, first served!

Laptops are available for loan during library services opening hours (not to be confused with library building opening hours).

So, if you’re sitting around thinking ‘gee, I wish I could do more study while I’m here on campus, if only I had a laptop…’ you know what to do!


The lowdown on our computer labs

Photo of a computer lab

So, you’re at uni and have a ghastly four-hour break between lectures. What do you do? Some people may suggest catching up with friends, grabbing a bite to eat, or hitting one of our on-campus gyms.

But we’re the library, so of course we’re going to suggest you get a bit of study in! Plus, start studying early and your week 12 self will so thank you for it, we promise.

To help you study, you’ll find an array of common use computer labs across all campuses. Super keen? We even have dedicated 24-hour computer labs.

And don’t forget that Griffith students are welcome to use resources at any campus–enrolled at South Bank but want to study at Logan? No problems!

Find out all computer lab locations (including which ones are 24 hours) here. You can even check in advance how many computers are free in the lab you’re intending to go to.

All computers in common use computer labs will have standard software including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, and various internet browsers.

In addition, they will often have many of the course related software you require. Software may vary between locations, and you can check out the full list of available software on computers here.

Sometimes you require specialised software or hardware for your course that isn’t provided on common use computers. In these instances, your School may provide access to this through School-based computer labs (for further info about these facilities, contact your school).

Check out our student computing page for more information on using our computers.