A Guide to Choosing Better Passwords:  e-learning module

A Guide to Choosing Better Passwords: e-learning module

Feb 23 2017

Passwords remain the primary defence against criminal infiltration of our computer systems and unauthorised access to money and confidential data.  There is so much contradicting advice on what is meant by a secure password.  Our clear guide cuts through the confusion to provide best practice practical advice.

This e-learning module qualifies for 0.25 units (15 minutes)

Password Security:  Why is this risk important?


What are the risks?


Your password:  how long will it take to crack?

Passwords that we think are secure may not be.  You need to understand how passwords are guessed by criminals, and how they can use computers to 'crack' otherwise less-obvious passwords.  Our guide below gives you some idea.

You can use Kaspersky's online password strength meter to evaluate the strength of some types of password.  Do remember that you should NEVER reveal an actual password  - so we recommend that you use this simply to help educate yourself as to the types of password that are less-easily cracked by a computer.

Characteristics of weak passwords

There is a lot more information about us on-line than you might imagine - even if you haven't put it online, friends and relatives may have.  We often use personal information or things that have some personal association to help us form memorable passwords.  This can be dangerous. 


How to pick a password

How you select a password will partly depend on the password rules and requirements of your work systems.  Here are some general rules for better security.

You have now completed the module.  In order to qualify for CPD you should now complete our two password security assessments.



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