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Will your password pass the test?

20 December 2019

The next password cracking test will take place on 6 January 2020.

Please make sure you are complying with our password policy.

Tips for setting your password:

  • Use upper and lower case letters, numbers and most importantly a special character
  • Don’t use a name or word in any language
  • Don’t simply substitute letters for numbers
  • Use a passphrase - think of a phrase about yourself that you will remember, for example, My uncle Joe walks his 3 dogs in the park every morning. Take the first character of each word, MuJwh3ditpem, add in a special character and then you have a strong password - %MuJwh3ditpem (don’t use this example though!)

Most of the passwords cracked during the last test were words and names with no special characters.

To change your password, all you need to do is key in CTRL+ALT+DELETE and choose ‘change a password’.

Please remember that every time you log on to the council network you are presented with a blue screen that lists our key policies. By pressing OK, you are agreeing to abide by these policies.

If you have any questions, please call the Information Security Team on 32147.