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Best Practices

padlock iconStrong Passwords

Many people choose a password that's easy to remember – like an address, pet's name or special date – and use it over and over again. It's best not to use those examples when creating passwords since they are pieces of information that are easy to obtain and attackers will try these options first. Visit our Managing Your Password page for a more in-depth explanation and examples of choosing a strong password.

To protect your passwords online, follow these tips:

  1. The best passwords are a random mix of characters (alpha, numeric, and symbols) or pass phrases.
  2. Use different passwords for different accounts
  3. When a public site asks you to create an account using your email address and password - don't use the password associated with your email address.
  4. Do not store your passwords in browsers. Some browsers store passwords in text format that anyone using that browser can gain access to your account.
  5. Do not share your password with anyone
  6. Change your password regularly.
  7. If you have to write your password down, store it safely in an area that it won't be easily found (i.e., don't hide it under your keyboard). 
  8. If you are approached by phone or email requesting your NetID and/or password - say no. ITS will never ask for your password nor the answers to your challenge questions. Try to capture the requestor's information and report it to the IT Support Centre.
  9. If given the opportunity, set up an alternate email address and challenge questions