Create or find a classroom resource that teaches students about creating strong passwords, passcodes or passphrases
Choosing a solid and impenetrable password is a great start to securing your information from cyber attacks such as:
Brute force attack
This cyber-attack tries to guess every combination in a list of potential passwords until it hits on yours. The cyber hacker automates software to try as many combinations as possible in as quick a time as possible. In 2012, an industrious hacker unveiled a 25-GPU cluster he had programmed to crack any 8-character Windows password containing uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols in less than six hours. This specific programme has the ability to try 350 billion guesses per second.
How do we avoid Brute Force Attack? – Try using a password that is more than 8-9 characters long to minimise the potential for your password to be brute force attacked. Use random symbols and numbers in between words.
This attack is exactly what it sounds like — the hacker is essentially attacking you with a dictionary. Whereas a brute force attack tries every combination of symbols, numbers, and letters, a dictionary attack tries a prearranged list of words such as you’d find in a dictionary.
How do we avoid Dictionary Attack? – Avoid using full words, and don’t use obvious names like your mother’s name or your cat’s name etc.
HERE ON THE LEFT IS A LIST OF WHAT NOT TO PUT YOUR PASSWORD AS!!
Lets check to see if your password has been leaked here
Youtube has a great video from CyberNews HERE
Good passwords are…..
A long password is a good password
A strong password isn’t obvious
Good passwords can’t contain memorable keyboard paths
Password strength isn’t personal
A good password should be unique
Avoid past passwords
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