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Password Information (Pass Phrase)

Password (Pass Phrase) Information

As you may be aware of 2017/18 has been a quite a year when it comes to IT security. We have been treated to all types of Phishing scams, Social Engineering scams and Ransomware.

As always we would advise everyone to be vigilant while online whether it be at work or at home. Familiarise yourself the tactics used by the criminals, to think before you click and to ensure that you have backed up all your data to the Cloud i.e. Google Drive.

We have outlined some important security points below that if followed will help us in our collective efforts in keeping the cybercriminals at bay.

ISS recommend a simple strategy for creating a long, non-dictionary-based, difficult-to-crack master password: 

Use Passphrase's.

Q:   What is a passphrase? 
Answer:

A passphrase is typically a sequence of words or text strung together to create a password for logging in to an account. The difference between a passphrase and a password is that a passphrase is typically longer and uses whole words or variations of whole words to create nonsensical sentences or phrases that are easy for you to remember, but hard for someone else to guess or crack.

Q:   How to create your strong passphrase? 
Answer:

The key to creating a strong passphrase is to pick a string of words that’s easy for you to remember but is not just a famous movie or literary quote, song lyric, piece of personal information, or a single word straight from the dictionary.

Q:   What is a 'Strong Pass Phrase'? 
Answer:

A strong Pass Phrase is one that is at least fourteen characters, includes a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols and is easy for you to remember, but difficult for others to guess.

Password Strength_ xkcd.com

Q:   What if I forget my password? 
Answer:

The Service Desk Staff will not be able to reset your password until

  1. The requester presents themselves in person to the ISS Service Desk, and provide your Staff Card as proof of identity.
  2. The requesters line manager emails the Service Desk requesting the password to be reset

The Service Desk staff will assign a new temporary password to you, and after a successful login you must change this temporary password or you will lock your account again, you can do this by either method given above.

Q:   How long will it take for my new password to become valid? 
Answer:

When you change your DCU Network password this takes effect immediately. If you change your password via the Portal you will be logged out and will have to re-authenticate using your new password to gain access back into your Portal page.

Q:   Can I tell others my password? 
Answer:

No, if you tell others your password you have given them your Identity, which leaves your account open to ‘misuse’ and if your account is used in an inappropriate manner you may be held accountable for their actions.

Q:   What is affected when I change my DCU Network Access password? 
Answer:

When you change your DCU Network Access password, access to the following will be affected as we use LDAP authentication to gain access to them. The other applications listed use application level authentication.

Not Affected Affected
    • ITS
    • Core Supervisor
    • Cardax
    • Laptop Encryption
    • DCU Network Login
    • DCU Windows PC Login
    • Email - DCU Apps
    • DCU Apps (Calendar, Documents, Sites)
    • RSS
    • Core
    • Secure Web Pages - LOOP
    • Agresso
    • Eduroam
Q:   Information for users who synchronise their DCU Calendar with a SmartPhone. 
Answer:

Users who synchronise their DCU Calendar agenda with their SmartPhone will need to change the password which is cached in an encrypted form within the phones account settings.