Creating a Strong Password

Information Protection Guides

A periodic password change helps to balance the risk of allowing indefinite access to one’s accounts and data. It ensures (and reinforces) access to accounts by legitimate users only, should the password be acquired by others through whatever means. 

Here are some characteristics of a weak password:

Passwords should be easy for you to remember but very difficult to guess. Here are some suggestions on how to create a password that is strong and memorable:

Not all systems support the use of special characters like !@#$%^&*. In these cases, try to use a password that contains at least one number to ensure complexity. 

Protect Your Password

Keep your password private. There is no need to share your password with others. This includes coworkers, assistants, fellow students and technical staff – they have their own accounts they can use. 

Practice good password security by keeping the following important points in mind:


If you suspect that your account or password has in some way become compromised, report the incident immediately to the TSC Service Desk or the Administrator hosting the computing service. They will assist you in changing your password for that account. If this happens, it is strongly recommended that you change ALL of your passwords immediately to ensure other accounts are not compromised.

Campus IT technicians will never ask you for your password. If you receive such requests (either through phone, Email or even from a person) do not give it out.