DT Update – Creating and resetting your password
The how and why of strong passwords on the new website
We're all familiar with the frustration that goes along with coming up with passwords that fit certain requirements of letters, numbers, symbols and length. We have received feedback on the new password requirements for the AusIMM website and thought it would be helpful to provide some more information on why this is a vital step to ensure your account is secure as well as include some video tutorials on how to do it. Another pain point is trying to remember the passwords you came up with across the many sites and services you use in today’s increasingly digital environment so there’s some helpful suggestions on how make that a bit easier.
The aim here 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 by logging in and to provide some tips that will help you in your daily online activity.
Why can't I use my password from the old site?
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:
- at least one symbol
- not containing the symbols & . + ? ;
- at least one capital letter, at least one number
- at least 10 characters long.
To ensure you have spelt your password correctly, we require you to confirm it a second time.
What makes a password ‘strong’?
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. It is highly recommended that you update any password you use for a website or app every 90 days at a minimum. You should also never use the same password for multiple sites even though this seems safe and the most simple way to remember your login information.
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 password 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 member only benefits and products or services services which will be either included or paid depending on your member type.
One of the features that is being developed is the new and improved PD hour 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.
Resetting your password
This video covers resetting your AusIMM account password.
There are two scenarios in which you may wish to do so:
Scenario 1: You have forgotten your login details and need to reset your password.
Scenario 2: You know your login details and wish to update your password for account security.
Let's begin with scenario 1.
Navigate to the login window and press reset password. From this page, enter the account email you use to login and press reset password. This will send a password reset email to your inbox. If you have not received the email within five minutes, please remember to also check your spam and/or junk folders.
Scenario two – editing your AusIMM password if you know your existing details.
Firstly, navigate to the Dashboard and then go to Your Profile. From this page, you will see a reset password button at the top of the screen. Press the button. Ensure that your email address is spelt correctly and press Reset Password. This will send an email to your inbox.
Now, we'll come back to the password reset email. You will arrive at this point from either scenario. Once you have opened the email, press the Reset Your Password button. From this page, you may enter a new password, ensuring that you are meeting the password requirements – we'll go over these in another video. Press save.
You have now updated your AusIMM account login details and may use these to login to your account.