Information Technology Services

Passwords & Account Management

Email Security

There are numerous practical ways that users can contribute to their own security as well as the security of UFV's information network.

While these practices may seem obvious, they are often disregarded or ignored, exposing the user to unexpected and unwanted consequences.

Creating a strong password

The strongest passwords are seemingly random to anyone but you. They are 10 characters in length or greater, and contain a combination of upper and lowercase, symbols, and numbers. Cxrt4!yud99&eGX3 is an example of a great password because it is extremely difficult to guess, but it is also very difficult for you to remember!

 

Password Strength

 

 

Step 1: Develop a phrase that is easy for you to remember

  • Think of your favorite song lyrics, poem, or a memory that is special to you.
  • At least 10 characters long is recommended, but more is better.

Step 2: Make your password

  • Use the phrase you want in conjunction with upper and lower case characters, numbers, and special characters for a strong password. 

Step 3: Keep it safe with a password manager

Because people tend to have multiple accounts, either locally on their computer or online, the temptation is to use the same password for every account (particularly if they have a favorite password that is easy to remember).

This is a dangerous practice; should the password fall into the hands of another person, they now have access to all of the accounts "protected" by that password. The best practice is to have a unique strong password for each account.

  • Download a password safe program, these programs allow you to record and securely store all of your passwords in one place.
  • Two examples of password safe programs are KeyPass and PasswordSafe. Both are easily downloaded and installed and, best of all, they are free.

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