Passwords

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Choose a good password

Your password is the key to your data and should be nearly impossible for someone to figure out. Choosing a secure password is paramount for keeping your data secure.

Strategies for creating a good password

  • Create a password that is easy to remember.
  • Create a password that you don’t have to write down.
  • Make the password at least 8 characters long.
  • Create a password that is a random mix of letters, digits, and punctuation.

Password Tips

Select a phrase that's easy to remember and turn it into a password by using the first letter of the words using UPPERCASE and lowercase letters, add some special characters, and use some numbers in place of letters. These are called passphrases. Be creative. Here are some examples:

  • We are Secure! = W3are5ecure!
  • I was born at East Alabama Medical Center = myDay0@EAMC
  • Coca-Cola is not equal to Pepsi, Pepsi for the win = c!=p,P3psi4tw

Things to avoid when choosing a password

There are specific things you should avoid when choosing a password, including the following:

  • Names of any kind. These include your username, your first or last name in any form, or your spouse's or child's name.
  • Any kind of easily obtained information. This includes your address, birthdays, license plate numbers, telephone numbers, etc.
  • Sensitive information. This includes your ATM PIN, Jag number, Social Security Number, or credit card number.
  • Words contained in English or foreign language dictionaries. These include obvious words such as “secret” or “password” or “abc123," etc.

Remember, it is part of your responsibility to create a strong password. For maximum security, always take extra precautions when creating a password so that sophisticated hackers cannot acquire your personal information.

*Certain information on this site was provided by Auburn University