Do you use passwords for places like your Facebook or Email accounts? Do you worry about your password being hacked? Then this is the course for you.
Since we all started creating passwords, they were designed to be difficult for a human to guess. Being short and using random numbers and letters worked wonders. Since computing power has increased exponentially, these passwords now are not only hard for humans to remember, they're super easy for a computer to guess.
We've all been ingrained with the notion of how to create a secure password, but times have changed; and now the way you select your passwords needs to change, too. This course dives into why most passwords used today are weak, and how to make the switch to start creating passwords using two simple methods. We'll also touch on how password hints can be dangerous, how to protect your password and why those password strength meters might be lying to you!
Welcome to the course! We talk about what to expect and the topics we'll cover.
What exactly is wrong with the password you're using today? We explore this in this lecture.
Contrary to old wisdom, there are actually many things you should never use in a password. Chances are, you're using some of these six things right now.
Your password hint could be giving away your password without you even knowing it. Here we explore some of the pitfalls of a password hint and how to create a good password hint.
In this lecture, we will explain why you should be using a method to create your passwords, rather than picking things at random. Then we'll introduce the methods we are going to cover in this course.
We introduce the first method, the Complex Password Method
Some examples of passwords created using the Complex Password method
Some of the advantages and disadvantages to this method that you should be aware of.
We introduce the second method, the Passphrase Method.
Some examples of passwords created using the Passphrase Method.
Advantages and disadvantages of the passphrase method that you should be aware of.
A secure password isn't secure all by itself. It can still be compromised by improper storage, or typing it into a fraudulent form. In this lecture, we'll explain the importance of always maintaining proper password separation, that is, never using the same password twice. Also, we'll go over when and why you should be changing your passwords.
In this lecture, we'll discuss how to keep your passwords secure when you're not using them by storing them somewhere. We'll go over writing them down and introduce password managers.
Believe it or not, not all strength meters are accurate! Also, attached this lecture is the bonus cheat sheet and course notes.
Who We Are
At Think Cyber Secure, our mission is to help individuals stay safe and secure online. When we're at work, there are teams of people dedicated to watching out for us. Once at home and left to our own devices, the task can be overwhelming, especially with new technology being introduced at break neck speeds.
With the news headlines of ransomeware affecting thousands of people, passwords being stolen and other personal security risks becoming ever more frequent, the question "am I secure online?" is becoming a difficult question to answer. Let us help you!
Our primary instructor, Derek, has over four years experience in both information and operational security. Not only as a consultant, but also as a researcher, he is at the forefront of many of the cyber security issues of today. He has created multiple cyber security awareness and education programs in his professional career ranging from using strong passwords, to phishing, to detecting scammers. He has also been successful in tailoring this training for many audiences, including office workers, critical infrastructure engineers and non-technical staff. All of which have been well received by many.