Updating your password
Help us secure your data
As we move over to the new website it will be a requirement for all members to update their passwords. Although we’re familiar with the frustration that goes along with coming up with passwords that fit certain requirements of letters, numbers, symbols and length, it’s a vital step to ensure your AusIMM account is secure.
Another pain point is trying to remember the passwords you came up with across the many sites and services you use in todays increasingly digital environment. We’ve got some helpful suggestions here to make that a bit easier.
The aim is not to make you a cyber security expert but to help you understand the benefits of creating a strong password, the features you can access on the new website and to provide some tips that will help you in your daily online activity. There’s also some further reading linked throughout if you want to find out more.
Why can’t I use my current password?
We are now storing the passwords in both a more secure format and in a more secure environment to bring the online security protocols up to date.
We can’t view your current password so there’s no way for us to know if it meets the new password requirements. In order to store your password in the new system you will need to create a new one.
What are the new password requirements?
The requirements for the new password are as follows:
- Must be at least 10 characters
- Must include at least one letter, number and symbol
What makes a strong password?
A strong password is one that cannot be computationally guessed within the password renewal time based on the password requirements. This means that if a computer algorithm was to systematically try every permutation of the password length and character sets (letters, numbers and symbols) at a particular guess rate then it would take X amount of time to crack. If you renew the password before X time then the password would be considered strong.
Although there are some other aspects which make a password easier to remember like using common names or numbers, these passwords can be more easily guessed. A different and potentially better way to secure your accounts is with a passphrase rather than a password. A passphrase generally incorporates the use of multiple words in order to extend the length of a password, thus decreasing the chances of it being figured out.
Some things to consider when creating a passphrase are:
- Long enough to be hard to guess
- Not a famous quotation from literature, holy books, et cetera
- Hard to guess by intuition—even by someone who knows you well
- Easy to remember and type accurately
- For better security, any easily memorable encoding at the user’s own level can be applied
- Not reused between sites, applications and other different sources.
Here is some more reading on passphrases: https://www.useapassphrase.com/
Use a password manager
With the ever-increasing number of websites requiring you to enter a password, and our recommendation of not using the same one twice, it can be quite hard to keep track of them all. This is where a password manager comes in handy. There are many different paid and free options out there, all with varying features that will suit different users. Here is a handy, up-to-date guide to some of the best password manager applications available.
Why do I need to login to the AusIMM website?
The main reason that you are required to login is to be able to access some new amazing services which will be either included or paid depending on your member type. Without knowing that it’s you we wouldn’t be able to provide you with access to your exclusive member benefits.
One of the features that is being developed is the new and improved PD logging experience which will include auto-logging of PD for certain activities.
As well as this, you can also access the new member dashboard experience. Not only is it a better way to manage your details, it will also allow to you set preferences that will unlock a whole new world of personalisation. This means you will have the content you’re interested in presented to you when you log in and also sent to your email inbox.
Further security information
With the increase in privacy laws on the internet in recent times, we’ve taken further measures to comply with these, you can read about what we’ve done in our recent blog, ‘Privacy. Yours and ours.’