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Creating a strong password
How do I create a strong password?
It is highly important that you choose a strong password when setting up new accounts or changing your password for existing accounts.
What does it mean to have a "strong password"?
A strong password is one that is difficult for humans or computers and to guess. This way, you protect your online identity and accounts. University passwords must also adhere to the University Policy requirements:
- It must be at least 10 characters in length
- It must contain at least one upper case and one lower case character
- It must contain at least one numeric number
- It must contain at least one special (e.g. #, @, !, %) character
- It should also be unique, and we recommend that you do not use the same password for more than one system.
How do I choose a strong password?
A simple way to choose a strong password is to think of 4 unrelated and random words, and then combine them in a grammatically incorrect order with a numeric character or special character in between words.
- For example: chair9Great#colourFun
We also highly recommend that you do not reuse a password that you have associated with another account or website, and that you do not include any ties to your personal information in your password. For example, including your date of birth would not make a very secure password.
How do I remember my password?
Do you struggle to remember passowrds? If so, you might wish to use a password database/manager to securely store your passwords. Some password managers generate long and secure passwords for you so that you can focus on remembering just one password instead of many.