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Password Security for Students

Password Quick Tips:
  • Make sure your password is complex and longer than 12 characters. Short and simple passwords are easily figured out by hackers.
  • Use a variety of characters such as upper case, lower case, numbers and symbols.
  • Don’t write down your passwords (keep them in your head or in an encrypted file).
  • Don’t share your password with anybody for any reason, not even with the TSC.

Creating and Remembering Your Password
Creating and remembering strong password can sometimes be challenging. Below are several methods that can help you create and remember strong passwords.

  • Use the first characters of a sentence you can easily remember and add some special characters. My son Al is 3 years old in November converts to MsAi$3yoiN0V or I go on Vacation13 May would be IgoV!!@13M.
  • Use numbers in a word, for example a 5 instead of an s and a 3 instead of an e. partn3r5.
  • Substituting special characters for letters for example I go on Vacation13 May could be Igo#13M.
Is your password weak?


The following are some examples of practices and behaviors that can result in weak or bad passwords. Under no circumstances should individuals use passwords that utilize the following:

  • Passwords that match the user ID
  • Passwords that contain the user account owner’s name, first middle or last.
  • Passwords that contain the users bear ID or Social Security number
  • Any consecutive or repeating keyboard characters e.g. “123”, “jkl
  • Family-oriented passwords, (your name, nicknames, partners, children or pets). 50% of people do this, and these passwords are easily guessed.
  • “Fan” names, (sport stars, cartoon characters, pop icons). 33% of users do this.
  • “Self-obsessed” words, (stud, goddess), 11% of users do this.

Common dangerous practices are to use the words, (or simple derivatives), that could easily be guessed by someone else, e.g. password, sesame, changeme, secret, qwerty, money, pass, abc123, private, admin, 123456, god, hello, 111111, UNC.