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Auckland InDesign User Group – InDepth Dive into InDesign

Aug 27, 2013
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The next meeting of the Auckland InDesign User Group is scheduled for September 17th.

Come along with your friends, work colleagues, business associates – everyone is welcome and it’s free. Just make sure you’re registered to be eligible for the jolly good prizes that we have to give away at the meeting.

Date, time, and location

Tuesday, September 17 2013
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Media Design School
Ground Floor
92 Albert Street
Auckland, CBD


6:00pm – Doors open – some time to relax, get comfy and chat
6.30pm – Welcome & Sponsors
6.40pm – InDepth Adobe InDesign CS6/CC features with Marcus
7.10pm – Tips and Tricks with Heather
7.40pm – Adobe FormCentral with Earl
8.00pm – Giveaways and Sponsor Messages
8.15pm – Time for pizza, drinks, networking


The Auckland InDesign User Group would like to thank the generous support of our major sponsors: Adobe, Digital Arena, Font Talent, BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop) Adobe Training Centre, InDesign Magazine and Media Design School.

Please register to attend


InDesign CS6

Password: password

Aug 12, 2013
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Isn’t it frustrating logging into a site you’ve previously used and being told you have to change your password. Yet another password to try and add a digit or two to the end of in the hopes it passes the system checks to determine if it can be used – arrgh!


Attempting to crack passwords by trying as many possibilities as time and money permit is called a brute force attack. Another method, is a dictionary attack – this is where all words in one or more dictionaries are tested. Lists of common passwords are also typically tested. Whereas you can’t influence the likelihood of an attack, you can influence your password strength to determine whether it is likely to be guessed or discovered by an attack, so if that site you’re trying to log into decides that your password isn’t strong enough, it’s in your best interest to change it.

Weak passwords

For most of you who read this article your password will be on the ‘most common’ list.


So what is a weak password? What makes some passwords weaker than others? Here are our top tips for selecting yourself a strong password:

1. First and foremost, avoid any identifier (such as your name) and likewise any sequence with an identifier for example, mike123, msmith01

2. Default passwords are of course a big no-no. If your phone came with 0000 as the pin code, change it. Same with defaults such as password, admin, guest etc

3. Avoid something personally related to you – name of your fluffy cat, your home phone number, license plate, wedding anniversary….

4. Rule of thumb, don’t mix your name ANYWHERE into your password

5. We know it’s nice and quick to type but avoid the obvious keyboard combinations – qwerty, fred, asdfgh etc.

6. If allowed and if you have a terrible memory for long character strings of numbers, letters, uppercase and lowercase, choose 3-5 random words and string them together such as ducklongskaterobot

7. Avoiding using something your friends or workmates know you particularly like or dislike

If you’re having trouble remembering your newly created password, try an after-the-fact mnemonic – it doesn’t have to be sensible, just memorable. For example to remember dlsrw12h perhaps use the mnemonic ‘Dianne loves skiing rabbits wearing 12 hats’

And lastly, if you’ve recently been asked to make one of your passwords more secure – don’t just leave it at that password, think to all of your passwords and apply the same logic of making your password more secure.