Secure password advice

Make it strong

Having a strong password, and maintaining its confidentiality are vital in securing your account. Below are some hints to help you:

  • Don’t use personal information or common words as your password.
  • Use a mix of letters, numbers and symbols.
  • Make sure it is at least 8 characters long, and uses upper and lower case letters.

Alternatively Password Managers allow you to keep track of all of your different passwords, without being tempted to reuse the same password across different sites or services. You just need to remember one master password for the password manager in order to access your other credentials. You can then have a unique password for for each website or service you access, and if one is compromised you won't have to change your password everywhere else.

We recommend KeePass or LastPass

Protect it

Once you have created a strong password you must protect it.

  • Don’t write it down
  • Don’t share it with anyone
  • Use different passwords for each of your University and personal accounts. This way, in the event that someone is able to figure out one of your passwords they won’t be able to access everything from your University email to your online shopping!
  • Cover it when typing it in public
  • Do not reply to or click on links in emails that ask for your password

VPN (Virtual Private Network) Password

This password is used to access some University computing services such as myJob from off campus via a Virtual Private Network (VPN). It ensures that the connection is secure. These passwords are random and cannot be changed to something more memorable.
To change your University password or request a VPN password please visit the Computer User Account Management page