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Creating a Strong Password

Safeguard yourself and your data – avoid common mistakes, take steps to select strong passwords and choose to improve your password security.

Create a strong password

  • Use fifteen or more characters (the more characters, the harder it is to crack)
  • Use words that normally don’t go together,  (e.g. “H0rseCampFirePigeon”)
  • Make the password something you can remember, but with no personal significance.

Passwords should not be:

  • shorter than 15 characters
  • a group of letters or numbers that are consecutive, either forwards or backwards (e.g. ABCDEF, FEDBCA, 123456 or 654321)
  • a group of identical letters or numbers (e.g. AAAAAA or 111111)
  • a common keyboard shortcut (e.g. ASDFG or QWERTY)
  • your name or user ID, or any variation or portion of (such as your name or user ID spelled backwards)
  • (a) word(s) that can be easily associated with you, e.g. the name of your spouse, child or pet
  • something directly related to your job or the Institute (e.g. “bcit” or “instructor”)

Enhance your password security

  • Never write your password down
  • Never share your password with others
  • Change your password at regular intervals (every three months)
  • Use a different password for each electronic account that you have
  • Avoid adding one more character or incrementing a number for a new password.