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Jun 21, 2017

Password Security

You Need A Passphrase, Not A Password

If you've called DCSI recently to set up a new account or change the password on an old one, then you've probably already discovered we've changed our password rules. This has been an important change to ensure the security of your account.

If hackers are able to access your email, they can do all kinds of damage. They can send spam, causing your email address to be blacklisted and you may receive potentially thousands of bounced-back emails. They can use the "Forgotten Password" feature on many sites to access your accounts. They can potentially access your private emails. They can masquarade as you, and attempt to scam your contacts. No good can come of having a weak password that can allow unauthorised access to your account.

A short, uncomplicated password can be breached with alarming speed by professional hackers, but small changes increase the difficulty. Let's take the example of using the name of your beloved old hound dog, Bingo, as your password.

According to howsecureismypassword.net, it would take hackers this long to crack your password:

bingo - instantly
bing0 - 2 milliseconds
Bing0 - 23 milliseconds
B!ng0 - 68 milliseconds
B!ng0. - 20 seconds
B!ng0.^ - 31 minutes
B!ng0.^&Q(k - 5 thousand years, and good luck remembering it.

Here's a more memorable option:
Bingohounddog. - 66 million years. 

Add in the year he was born.
Bingohounddog.2001 - 18 quadrillion years.

Good dog, Bingo! That's the way to keep the family safe!

Any new service you set up with DCSI will require your password to meet the following rules:

* at least 8 characters long
* at least one UPPERCASE letter
* at least one lowercase letter
* at least one number
* at least one special character such as ?@!~;"(*+<^

Length is better security than complexity, so think about choosing a passphrase rather than a password. Our rules are a minimum, and every additional character you add will make your password stronger.

If you want to discuss or change your password to increase security, please give us a call on 1300 66 55 75.