Category Archives: Passwords

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Have You Changed Your Password Recently?

When was the last time you changed your account password(s)? More than a year ago? Then it is probably time you changed your password :- University Staff Passwords University Student Passwords Changing your password regularly accomplishes several things :- It meets the … Continue reading

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Passwords: A Little Knowledge Is A Dangerous Thing

According to this article on password security, cracking passwords is difficult enough that a 9 character password is safe. However he is working on a specific password challenge – to find a password to an encrypted archive file. And he is … Continue reading

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Password Audit Procedure

This blog entry is intended to document a technical procedure used to perform a password audit. This is mostly intended for future use by security analysts who may be called on to perform a password audit, but is published here for … Continue reading

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Distributed Password Guessing

It is often the case that whenever weak passwords are discussed, it is assumed that these are always attacked by “obtaining” password hashes and using a tool such as John the Ripper (there are plenty of others) to ‘crack’ weak passwords. … Continue reading

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Password Security and Strong Passwords

“I needed a password eight characters long so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.“ Password security and the need for strong passwords (as required by the University Password Policy) is being promoted at the moment, for a variety … Continue reading

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