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Guidance on creating a strong passowrd

Your username and password give you access to your University IT account. Your password must be strong and secure and you must never share it with anyone else.

Password tips and advice

Your username and password give you access to your University IT account. It is important that:

  • Your password is secret and safe - don't tell anyone and don't write it down anywhere
  • Your password is strong - don't let it be easily guessed
  • Your password is solely for university systems - don't share it with other accounts

Keeping your password secret

If you have accidentally told someone your password or think someone may have it, you must change your password immediately. Find out how to change your password.

Keeping your password strong

Strong passwords are good passwords because they are difficult to guess. The password changer insists on strong passwords to help protect you, it ensures they are long and sufficiently complex. Your password must be:

  • At least ten characters long
  • Have both uppercase and lowercase letters
  • Have digits or punctuation as well as letters

Your password must not solely be made up of:

  • Anybody's name
  • Any information relating to you or anybody else (birthday, NI number, car registration, star sign, etc.)
  • A single word found in a dictionary in any language
  • Any of these spelt backwards
  • Any of these followed or prepended by a single digit
  • Only these characters: £ | # " ' `

How to choose a strong password

There are many strategies to pick a password, like using a short sentence:

What to do Example
Start with a short sentence I want a strong password
Remove the spaces between the words Iwantastrongpassword
Add odd capitals and misspell or use shorthand IwntAstrONGpasswd
Add numbers that are meaningful but not your birthday IwntAstrONGpasswd28

Or you can start with a longer sentence or phrase:

What to do Example
Start with a long sentence All I want this new year is a really strong password
Remove the spaces between the words AIwtNYiarsp
Add special characters or numbers AIwtNYiarsp25?