It is important that passwords and passphrases are selected and protected in a manner that maximises their effectiveness in protecting University and personal information.
A secure password should ideally:
- contain a mix of upper case (A-Z), lower case (a-z), numerals (0-9), and ideally special characters (such as ^, !, @ and %)
- be at least 8 characters long
- not be a simple dictionary word, well-known quote, song lyric
- not be based on your name or other things about you (like the name of a pet or favourite sporting team).
A passphrase is a random combination of letters, numbers and keyboard symbols. To create a secure passphrase:
- pick a nonsense phrase-for example, Orange bishop nightingale, and
- mix the phrase up a little-Orange4bishop?Nightingale!