Creating a Strong Password

What to avoid (or include) in a strong password

Any novice hacker can easily determine your full name, the names of your spouse or children, your pets, or your favorite sports teams through social media and other channels. Do not use these items in your passwords.

The strongest passwords come from using a phrase or a simple sentence that you can easily remember. Your password can have spaces in it, and add a capital letter and a number or a symbol to it. You can use a random phrase generator to help come up with a unique phrase. (i.e. "Safe padding fish!")

Different Passwords for Different Accounts

Once you come up with your best password, change it around a bit for different sites. Be creative! For instance, use a $ sign before the password for your e-Banking account; use “AMZ” after it for your Amazon password, etc. Now you have different passwords for different sites.

Use a Password Manager

A password manager is a convenient way to generate and store unique passwords to all of the sites and systems that you use. It relies upon a master password to open and decrypt its password database. Set an extremely secure master password using the technique outlined above. Examples include: LastPass, KeePass, Dashlane, 1Password, and others. Research which one you think may work best for you.

Use 2-Factor Authentication (if available) 

2-Factor Authentication combines something you have (i.e. smartphone), with something you know (your password) for additional account protection. Xavier currently uses Duo for employee 2-factor authentication. As of Summer 2021, Xavier will be switching from Duo to Microsoft Authenticator for both employees AND students.

Check here for a full list of available Internet sites and services which allow 2-factor authentication.

50% helpful - 4 reviews


Article ID: 80
Tue 6/2/15 3:43 PM
Tue 4/20/21 2:50 PM