Essential Digital Skills Level 1

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Suitable passwords

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The most important thing about passwords is having one that is secure, and it could be something that you choose a password, you think it is quite an easy one to work with. You don't want to forget it. For example, I could have a password Keith one, but if you were trying to get into any of my accounts, a logical starting point was, what is my name, Keith and then you could put some digits after it if it is needed. It might be you make it a little bit more secure and you say capital K, Keith one or date of birth and things like this. These are all things that are very easy for someone who can access your accounts, find information from your accounts like Facebook or social media, could quite easily work out what your passwords are, so it is always best to have a randomly generated password. Now, this will not work on absolutely everything, if you have very long passwords, because if you just want a password to turn your mobile phone on or turn on your computer or access some websites, you often need something that is reasonably easy to remember, but you can create passwords in different ways.

Now, one would be using a password generating tool and I was going to show you one of these now. This is just a website, there are lots of websites out there. With this, you can see it is just a tool on the internet that generate passwords. Now a lot of search engines and you can do this through Google and Safari as well, they will create a password for you if you wish. And it's just randomly coming up with letters which are lower case capitals and what they call special characters, which are things like question marks, percentage signs, pound symbols, dollar symbols and also numbers. So with this here, you can see these are moderate passwords and these are just eight characters and it is quite complex, you are hard pushed to actually remember that, but what you can do with this, you can slide it along and you can make them more and more complex. So here we have got 19 characters and you can go right the way up on this particular thing, this will be the most secure password you can have, no one is ever likely to be able to copy that. Now, the problem with these sorts of things are you can have a very strong password with this, but the problem would be how are you going to remember it?

So if you do use passwords that are complex like this, there are programs where you can safely store your passwords, so have a look at them. Lots of them are available, just make sure you go for one that's very good, things like Bitwarden or Passpack are two examples of password storing tools. So all you got to really remember is your password to get in. And if you want to create a password that's easy for you to remember to get into something, try and have a system.

It may well be that you pick a word or something that is relevant to you, where you went to school or any word, but try and have it that there are different parts to it. So maybe if your word was Colchester, for example, you have... Whenever you have a word like that in your head, do you just think... In the first letter, every time I start something, I am going to put an exclamation mark before it, then I will have Colchester in lower case, but I always have a capital at the end and then I will have a question mark, these are little things you can do. And if you want to have the same sort of system in your head, if you have to create a password, then it is a little bit easier. And when you are doing passwords and things like mobile phones, they will often be able to change them and how they work, so some mobile phones, we just work with a four or six-digit character, but you can also change those for words, so if you do not want to have numbers, you can put words in. Also within passwords, there are other things to help you, so some computers have fingerprint IDs, so you can just put your fingerprint on the sensor and that will pick up you and then it can pull your passwords as securely stored.

And also there are other things like mobile phones will have face ID as well, so you can turn those sort of features on, so this eliminates having to have a password, but even where you do have face ID and fingerprint, there will also be another type of password to access the machine. So finally with passwords, just store them securely on a special program or store it safely, but don't write them down where someone can access them and watch when you are entering a password on a computer, particularly if you are in a public place, make sure there is no one around you just watching the keypad as you are typing because they can very easily copy your password and then potentially access your computer, your email or even your bank account.

Learning Outcomes:
  • EDSQ Unit 5 LO 14.1
  • Remote Working LO 1.4.3
  • Remote Working LO 1.3.1
  • Remote Working LO 1.1.4