Passwords – it’s not about you

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Everywhere you go in the digital world we all need some sort of password. We all forget that the password to access a website is a way to personally protect your information on that website. The conundrum is, passwords are hard for humans to remember but very easy for computers to break. I have a system that changes that dynamic.

Although 2 factor authentication and bio metrics are having a significant impact in the way we secure our digital assets, (phones, tables, bank accounts, laptops) there are still millions of websites that do not have that level of security.

We have to make passwords hard for the computers to break.

“One of the hardest things that I have to teach my Australian Defence Force Academy students is that passwords are still the lifeblood of our access to the digital world, we often forget that we have to make them hard so that hackers cannot break them easily, but they have to be easy to remember.” Roger Smith

All passwords have to have the following features:

  • Unique – every website or digital account has to have a separate and different password. There is a very good reason for this!
  • Complex – every password must have a combination of letters, numbers and symbols (a-z, A-Z, 0-9 and punctuation)
  • More than a specific length – all of your passwords have to be longer than 10 characters. It use to be 8 but the increase in computing power over the last 3 years has changed the requirement to 10.
  •  Easy to Remember – we as humans need to be able to remember them without resorting to writing them down.
  • Passwords cannot have –
    • Sequences – 1234, abcd, qwerty
    • Places and locations – towns and cities, high school
    • Single dictionary words – any English language word
    • Leetspeak (hacker speak) – substitute 3 for e, 1 for i or
    • Significant dates – graduation day, kids birthday

The 5 points above create a quandary. It makes it very difficult for us to create complex, unique passwords that are easy to remember.

There are 2 ways to tackle this problem, a password manager or a system that creates passwords that have all of the right criteria. I have a system that will allow users to create complex and unique passwords that are easy to remember and hard for a computer to break!

 

Roger Smith is funny, scary, on point and is focused on one thing – increasing everyone’s awareness and understanding of the problems and issues associated with the digital world.

He is the winner of the worldwide 2018 Cybersecurity Educator of the Year award and was Runner up in 2017 .  

He is a highly respected expert in the fields of cybercrime and business security and is a Lecturer at ADFA (UNSW – Australian Centre of Cybersecurity) on Cybercime, Cybersecurity and the hacking techniques used by the digital criminal.   

He is an Amazon #1 selling author on Cybercrime with his best selling book, Cybercrime a clear and present danger, going to number one on Amazon.   

He is the primary presenter for the Business Security Intensive (BSI) and author of the Digital Security Toolbox which is given away for free at the BSI.   He is a speaker, author, teacher and educator on Cybercrime and an expert on how to protect yourself, your staff, your clients and your intellectual property from the digital world.

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