Creating Strong Passwords
It is becoming increasingly important to have strong passwords as the bad guys out there use more sophisticated techniques to try and access your personal information. So, what makes a strong password?
These are some simple rules to follow which should keep you out of trouble.
- Increase the length of your password:
No less than 8 characters.
12 or more characters would be better.
- Ensure that you use complex passwords as they work the best:
Do NOT use words you would find in the dictionary or common names.
Do NOT use consecutive numbers or letters like 0123 or ABC.
Use all the characters and symbols available to you.
- Do NOT use personal information that can easily be guessed such as:
You or a family members birthday date.
- Do NOT use the same passwords for all websites.
- Do NOT have passwords written on sticky notes on and around your computer.
If you need to have it written down then ensure it is kept in a safe place.
The following is an example of a method you can use to create a secure password. It uses a master phrase that you generate password variations from.
Steps to create a strong password:
Step 1: Create a master phrase by taking a word (or multiple words) and reversing it.
Eg: when “lovethebeach” is reversed it becomes “hcaebehtevol”.
Step 2: Strengthen the password by mixing in a number string such as a date that is meaningful to you (avoid using you or a family members birthday).
Eg: Add the date “251212” to the base phrase “hcaebehtevol” to become “hcaeb25eht12evol12”.
The above method is no doubt memorable for you but very difficult to be cracked.
To create an even stronger password add/replace characters with upper case characters or symbols. There are numerous other techniques that you can combine together so be creative.
Please DO NOT use the example password above or any that you see on websites as they are insecure due to the fact that they are publically available.
How to manage the challenge of multiple passwords
It is important it is to use strong passwords but this raises an obvious issue of having to use an ever-increasing number of strong passwords and store them in a secure manner.
A free application called LastPass is available for this purpose. LastPass can store passwords you have created, automatically create and store strong passwords for you and can also work in combination with additional security mechanisms like Google Authentication and hardware devices. It is available across multiple platforms and web browsers. See www.lastpass.com for more information.
Common sense should always prevail and while you can use applications like LastPass to store personal information such as bank account details you may not wish to do so until you are more familiar with the company and/or use advanced security features available within the package. You will need to carefully consider the settings you use, how you manage the single master password and how much you automate access to the devices that use such an application.
OntheNet has no commercial affiliation with LastPass.
How to change your OntheNet Passwords
To change the authentication password for a Broadband service please contact Technical Support.
To change the password for your OntheNet email address click here. Alternatively, contact Technical Support.
To change the password for Domain and/or Web Hosting services please contact Domain Administration.