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Security through Password Obscurity


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Sharing on password security features. Presented at ICT Sharing during Contact Time on 24 August 2010 by Syamsul Anwar

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Security through Password Obscurity

  1. 1. Security through Password Obscurity A sharing by Syamsul Anwar ICT Subcommittee 24 August 2010
  2. 2. Are your logins secure?
  3. 3. Poor Passwords are the GREATEST THREAT to your online security
  4. 4. Examples of poor passwords <ul><li>medusa123 </li></ul><ul><li>password2010 </li></ul><ul><li>donalduck </li></ul><ul><li>rabbitfood </li></ul><ul><li>firstofmarch1960 </li></ul>All easily broken using dictionary attacks
  5. 5. Poor Email passwords may cause you to lose access to ALL OTHER ACCOUNTS via password reset requests
  6. 6. So what are examples of GOOD passwords? Let me show you some of my passwords…
  7. 7. Some of my passwords… <ul><li>0q12OYhkM3eh </li></ul><ul><li>VCgaV8BXbpi </li></ul><ul><li>T8pKc157ey22 </li></ul><ul><li>pBxKBUq4hvu </li></ul><ul><li>7hp561slwC40 </li></ul><ul><li>X1V16DAI76PH </li></ul><ul><li>ewQmTUsYu9 </li></ul><ul><li>0haqG8H2O8 </li></ul>I no longer use these 
  8. 8. How do I create a good password??
  9. 9. Create passwords from information meaningful to you
  10. 10. You should aim to have a UNIQUE password for every online account e.g. emails, social networking, photo gallery, dvd rental service, gaming etc etc
  11. 11. How do I remember so many passwords????
  12. 12. An excellent password manager that is FREE too!
  13. 13. So remember to… <ul><li>Change the passwords of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your email accounts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your social networking accounts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your online banking accounts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your home wireless network! </li></ul></ul>