Passwords are a source of continuing distress and always a concern. The rules and speed of computers these days will always be an issue when it comes to password creation.

For TeamworkProjects the choice of passwords is more a matter of your Administrators and/or Corporate requirements. But here are some thoughts that might make the selection and usage of TeamworkProjects more safe.

The Passwords in TeamworkProjects are not case sensitive, meaning that 'HellO' and 'hello' are the same and, in the security community, this would seem to make any selection easy to crack. In reality, any cracking program would still have to attempt upper and lower case testing, requiring the same effort and computing resource to crack this password. In practice, people are more likely to forget which letters they capitalized and fail to log in correctly, so it's case insensitive in TeamworkProjects.

Again, the use of numbers adds additional requirements to crack a password, and is recommended. Also, adding extra keyboard characters once more makes for a more complex password.

Then there is the complexity of your chosen password. How useful is a password that is so complex that you have to write it down? Not very – The first break in password security is losing your purse or wallet with your passwords in them. Don't write down passwords. Do the thing that computers find difficult. Make the password long.

Making that password of six characters that might look like ' T2%s1W' takes less time to crack than does 'this is one password', password security is matter of length, not content.

In the case of the first password (' T2%s1W'), the computer tests 92 characters six times or 782,757,789,696 guesses and, while that seems like a lot of guesses, it will only take seconds for a computer to produce these.

The second password ('this is one password') will require the computer to test 66 characters, 16 times and that works out to 129,629,238,163,050,258,624,287,932,416 guesses. In other words, a bit harder to generate a correct guess.

Seeing this, which password will be easier to remember for us humans?

So as a rule, with regards to passwords ;

  1. Create a password that you can remember without writing down
  2. Do not use the same password for everything you log into.
  3. Make it long ±16 characters and sometimes throw in a odd space, odd character, or number (and that you can remember).
When making or changing passwords in Teamwork.com, the strength is indicated, go for a 'Strong' password!