Secure Passwords

photo of a student using a laptopPasswords can be the weakest link in computer security. Selecting a good password is essential. Strong passwords are important because password cracking tools continue to improve and the computers used to crack passwords are more powerful than ever. Below are tips to create a strong password:

  • Choose characters from each of the following groups:
    • Upper case letters (A-Z)
    • Lower case letters (a-z)
    • Numbers and symbols
    • DO NOT Use the following symbols: %, #, . , @ , ? , !
  • Do not use a name or dictionary word in any language. Do not use a repetitive series like "456xyz". Don't use a common word, a friend's name, a pet's name, your nickname, etc. Co-workers, friends, and even casual acquaintances may know this information.
  • Use a different password for each system. (For example: Banner Admin and CAMPUS passwords)
  • Never write down a password.
  • Create passwords that can't be guessed from personal information such as name, address, SSN, birthdate, phone #, etc.
  • Never save a password online.
  • Change your passwords often.