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Use Strong Passwords or Passphrases to Secure Your Login

Your passwords are the key to a host of information about you and potentially those close to you. If someone can access your personal information, it can have serious long-term effects—and not just online! Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes out there, and it can take a lot of time, effort, and money to recover from this sort of crime. Strong passwords, passphrases, or multifactor authentication (MFA) provide a barrier between our University community members and their personal information.

Follow these recommendations to protect your identity while making the Internet more secure for everyone:

  • Use a passphrase instead of a password. Passphrases are usually 16 characters or more and include a combination of words or short sentence that is easy to remember (e.g., PurpleApplesBloom4Me!)
  • Use a fingerprint or biometric requirement to sign in when available. This provides an extra layer of protection for devices and apps.
  • Request single-use authentication codes that can be sent to your phone or delivered by an app.
  • Take advantage of whatever multifactor authentication methods are available for your service. Learn more about adding MFA to online accounts.
  • Use a password manager or password vault software, such as LastPass, to help keep track of all your passwords and avoid password reuse.
  • Use unique passwords for all of your different accounts. This will prevent a compromise on one account from placing your other accounts at risk.  Also, sensitive accounts, such as banking or medical information, should have even stronger passwords.
  • Avoid using your UR email address and password on external systems and accounts.

Visit the UR Data Privacy Day site for more information on ways to Lock Down Your Login.  Review the University Password Policy for password requirements associated with your UR accounts.

Learn more about protecting your password at World Password Day's website...coming May 4th.