Christmas and New Years Closure

We are quickly approaching the end of another year – where has the time gone? I would like to thank everyone for their support during 2018, and hope you have a Safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I look forward to helping you all out where I can in 2019!

Grenfell Internet Centre will close for the Christmas/New Year Period at 4:30pm on Friday 21st of December and will reopen 9:30am on Tuesday 8th of January 2019.

Stay safe, both IRL, and online!

Nigerian Scam

Scams come in many varieties. Often though, we are used to receiving Nigerian Scams via email. I had a client this week drop in a letter she received in the mail. This is a reminder that scammers will change their tactics, and use old tactics to try and keep ahead of the curve.

More information regards Nigerians scams can be found on the Scam Watch website.

Password Tips

Many people have poor password habits. They use the same password everywhere, and often use obvious tricks to please the conditions required on various websites.

These obvious tricks are making the first letter uppercase, adding a number to the end of the password, or substituting a O with a 0, or an S with a $.

Here are some tips on what you should and should not do regarding passwords.

Your passwords should:

Contain as many characters as possible – longer is better, although some websites do have a limit: woah!thispasswordisreallylong is better than short1

Includes uppercase and lowercase – mix it up a bit, not just the first letter: ITSnotTOOhardTOMIXTHECASES!! is better than Generic1

Include a number and/or symbol – Again, mix it up a bit. Don’t put the number or symbol at the beginning or the end: ADDSOMEsymbols$$HERE&THERE is better than Symbol$

Include multiple words – Multiple words is easier to remember than a sting of random symbols, numbers, and letters: PASSphrasesarewhatyou#WANT244 is better than Password1

Your passwords should not:

Include any personal details – YourName1, 25StreetName, 026343####

Contain the name of a family member, friend, or pet – Father1950, Lucy90, Socks1,

Contain the name of your town, farm – Grenfell2810, PropertyName2810

Make obvious substitutions. i.e. 0 instead of o, 1 instead of l, $ instead of s. Gr3nf311 is stronger than Grenfell, but cyber criminals know that we often replace letters with numbers that look the same.

Contain only a single word: Single dictionary words are the worst password you could choose. A cyber criminal attempting to log into accounts is going to access the accounts with the most simple passwords first. If you password can be found in a dictionary, your account will get compromised first.

I hope these hints help you to create better and more secure passwords!


For more password tips check out our other blog posts on Password Security and Creating Strong Passphrases using Diceware.

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