Cyber Security: the strength of passwords

We want to help the UC community stay safe online, so we’re sharing some tips and tricks on how you can create strong passwords to keep your personal info secure: 

How to create robust passwords

  • Passwords should be 10-16 characters long 
  • Don’t use common dictionary words, such as orange, car, password
  • Don’t use sequential letters or numbers i.e. 12345, abcde
  • Don’t use repeated letters or numbers or keyboard patterns i.e. 111, aaa, qwerty, asdfg

Use different passwords

Using the same password for everything can seem like a good idea, but security breaches are happening more often. Using the same password means hackers only need to steal the password from one place to have access to all of your personal info. Take a moment to think about how secure your passwords are.

Password managers

A password manager will help you store and retrieve complex passwords from a personal encrypted database.

With the help of a password manager you only need to remember three passwords:

  1. One for banking
  2. One for work
  3. One for the personal password manager

A password manager is like a locked safe that holds your different passwords to different sites and accounts, and applies the correct password to the correct site. Good ones are encrypted to keep your account data safe. A master password is used to access your password manager, so use the tips and rules above to create a master password. A long odd sentence with no spaces is a good solution. For example Thislittlepiggywenttomarket.

Some password managers incorporate two factor authentication which will keep your master password even more secure. Two factor authentication is a process that involves entering your password as well as another action such as answering a security question or entering a code that is sent to a preregistered device like your phone.

Recommended password managers

Use a password manager with a good reputation – try one of these recommended by UC IT:

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