How to choose a secure password?
There are two important steps to ensure password safety on Quakenet. First of all, Q and only Q will ever need your password. If any other nickname sends you a request for password, it is fake. Secondly, the commands that requires password interaction will require you to use the full service name /msg Q@Cserve.quakenet.org not simply /msg Q as the normal commands do. Follow these two guidelines and your authname should not be at risk.
As for your password, making a strong password is important. The most common / simple passwords can easily be guessed by users with malicious intentions, and therefore a few guidelines on how to make a secure password could be useful.
Length - The longer the password is, the harder it is to "guess". Ideally a password should be 8 characters or longer.
Complexity - This means mixing uppercase, lowercase and numbers in your password. The more you mix, the more unlikely guessing it becomes.
Sequences and repetitions - aSdF1234 might look good on paper, but it's very common and highly insecure. Randomizing the characters in the password is the most efficient way to make it unique.
Personal information - Using a password that relates to you as a person, your authname or any other information about you that can be easily found is a bad idea. Ideally, avoid vocabulary words completely.
Q will warn you if your password is too weak upon authing and/or upon changing a previous password to a weak one.
Other help articles under Security
- Automatic authentication scripts
- Fake service messages.
- How can I hide my hostname on QuakeNet?
- How to choose a secure password?
- I have set user mode +x, how do I get my old hostname back?
- I keep getting messages containing links to pornographic websites. How do I stop them?
- Malicious scripts and code.
- Things not to do.
- What is an open proxy G-line for?
- Why do people try to crack Q accounts?