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SFU uses a fairly stringent password checking mechanism which will reject many bad passwords.

Things to Avoid:

  • Any word in any dictionary (including foreign language dictionaries), or any prefix, suffix, etc. of such a word.
  • Any concatenation of two or more such words.
  • Any personal information. For example: social insurance number, names of relatives, friends, significant others.
  • Names of pets. Make, model, license plate number of a vehicle. You get the idea.
  • Any password that someone has suggested to you or that you've seen written down.
  • Any sequence of adjacent keys on the keyboard. For example, "Qwerty".

Tips for Creating a Secured Password:

  • Contain a mix of upper-case and lower-case letters.
  • Contain punctuation characters and/or numerals. Note that colon (:) semicolon (;) asterisk (*) and plus (+)cannot be used.
  • Be as long as possible.
  • Be easy to remember. Mnemonics assist greatly in this process.

Some of these rules are enforced by the system when you choose a new password.

Examples of Secured Passwords:

1. Mnemonic Passwords

For instance, take the first letters and punctuation of the phrase, "Hail the Gophers, they're my heroes!" You end up with the password "HtG,tmh!". That's a good password that's also easy to remember.

2. Link Two Short, Misspelled Words

Another idea is to link two short, misspelled words with some other characters. For instance, the Big Ten conference becomes the password "Byg,Tyn!".

Why is Having a Good Password Important?

It protects you. If someone breaks into your account they may be able to obtain information about you to commit
identity fraud.

It protects the system. Most systems can be compromised once a hacker has gotten an account on the system.
The easiest way to get an illicit account is to exploit a weak password. Passwords are the first line of defense against hackers.