Password Security for Faculty and Staff
Passwords need to be complex enough to discourage guessing but easy enough for you
to remember. As computer processors become faster and faster hackers are taking advantage
of better password cracking systems. This means we have to shift the way we generate
It is best to start using a 12-20 character password or, better yet, a passphrase to prevent someone from easily guessing it. Really good passphrases should contain a number of character types, letters, numbers, and special characters. Keep them creative and unique to yourself. A passphrase combined with your own "Rules" for substitutions and character insertion makes them easier for you to remember but much harder for anyone or any computer to guess.
Here are a couple of passphrase generation ideas. If you really like cookies, use Snickerdoodles, Coconut Macaroons, Gingerbread or Vanillekipferl as a base. Use a special character as a space. Substitute letters with numbers that look the same. Substitute "o" with the digit zero, "L" with the digit one, "S" with the digit five, etc. Make a phrase out of it, and mix in special characters. "Snick3Rd00dle$#r#good”.