EFF Dice-Generated Passphrases via Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets

In 2016, the Electronic Frontier Foundation created some enhancements over the original Diceware Passphrase list by creating the EFF Dice-Generated Passphrases list. This post is my effort to use Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets to semi-randomly generate random passwords by using the EFF’s Long Wordlist [.txt]. Please note, while I am an IT professional, I’m […]

Top 10 ways to strengthen your personal online security

Most of us have a home network with multiple electronic devices, along with hundreds of online accounts and credentials. These tips will help you strengthen your personal online security by helping you better secure your devices and credentials. Strong Passwords Stronger passwords are long and have high entropy (users lowercase, uppercase, numbers, and punctuation). Use […]

British Airways says my randomly-generated password is invalid

I attempted to create an account on britishairways.com today, but repeatedly failed, receiving the message “Error: The password you have supplied is invalid. Passwords need to be at least 6 characters in length and use a mix of letters (English A-Z) and numbers.” I tried the following passed.pw randomly generated passwords: awseecfejunknyZVWCNQPAVZUTE57264 nxmsgnkgqSYHXDPRJRRGGKKTHCE52872 edmzuszfecUVWSFHVCBHVBAV84822792 vdntgfssatdHMRPZNMWVPTVCBZA32444 […]

Use PowerShell to require users with the oldest passwords to change their passwords

This PowerShell script will help you find the Active Directory users who have gone the longest without changing their password, and then require them to change their password the next time they logon to a domain resource. Consider this a password policy on a bell curve that targets those users who have the oldest Password […]

Unable to update Office 365 password

While using https://login.microsoftonline.com/common/login I was prompted to update my password for a test account I was using. The Update Your Password prompt read: You need to update your password because this is the first time you are signing in, or because your password has expired. No problem. So I entered my Current password and my […]