Why do passwords matter?
Your username and password identifies you as the unique owner of the account given to you. From the computer’s point of view, it defines who you are and what you are allowed to do. In computer security terms, we call this authentication and authorization.
Usernames are typically assigned by the system administrator and they are usually a combination of first initial and last name which makes them easy to guess. As a result, the only thing you have control of is your choice of password.
So what makes a good password and how long should it be? A good password is one that cannot be guessed by testing every possible combination of characters (brute force attack) or looked up in a dictionary (dictionary attack). This means it should use 12 or more characters. If your password is less than 12 characters it needs to be complex, using a mix of uppercase, lowercase, numbers and special characters.
Do not use dictionary words or combinations of dictionary words. For example, ‘NewYorkJets’ is eleven characters long but hackers have built dictionaries that combine words together. So, ‘NewYorkJets’ would be easily found. However, replacing some of the letters with numbers makes it un-guessable (i.e. ‘NewY0rkJets!’).
Toptech Systems has developed a sophisticated, customizable password entry function that is used on TMS6v, TDS, Load2Day and UAP. That means you can define the minimum length of your passwords, password complexity, and reuse of previously used passwords. We also automatically filter out the most commonly used words or phrases (i.e. secret, password, 12345678) to keep your accounts safe. Contact Toptech Systems for more information.