Choose a strong password

Password managers

It can be a challenge to keep track of the different passwords required to access websites, services and systems.

We recommend using a password manager.

For more information see:

Tips for choosing a password

Choosing a strong password can seem tricky - a weak password will be easy for people or automated attack tools to work out, while a strong one may seem hard to remember.

One way of creating a strong but memorable password is to take a phrase known only to you, use the first letter of each word, plus add at least one number and one upper case letter.

For example, the phrase "I have a black cat and he's five years old" would create the password Ihabcah5yo.

Remember the phrase and you'll be able to remember your password.

Guidelines for choosing your IT Services password

The following guidelines apply for your IT Services password:

It must:

  • be 8 to 16 characters
  • contain a mix of upper and lower case letters and at least one number
  • contain at least one letter

It must not:

  • be your username
  • be your current password
  • be your initial password
  • be based on a dictionary word

Avoid using common letter/number substitutions (eg swapping '3' for 'E' or '1' for 'L' or 'l').

Tools that are used to crack passwords check these variations automatically so they do not make the password stronger.

The University's systems will reject passwords that are based on a dictionary word with just these changes.

Note: For security reasons, our password management system prevents the reuse of passwords.