Keeping Your AU Account Safe with a Strong Password

How to Create Strong Passwords

A strong password is your first and best line of defense when trying to keep your AU account safe. The following tips will help create a password that is difficult for someone to guess:

  • Avoid using dictionary words and common phrases.
  • Avoid using personal information such as names, birthdays, and pet names.
  • Avoid using the same password for multiple accounts. If someone discovers your password for one account, all of your other accounts will be vulnerable.
  • Length beats complexity. Thinking of it as a passphrase may help you come up with something more memorable.

Protecting Your Password

Once you've created your password, make sure you follow these tips to protect your password:

  • Don't write passwords on a piece of paper or sticky note.
  • Don't keep a file on your computer listing the current password for your accounts.
  • Don't talk about a password in front of others, including family.
  • Don't reveal a password over the phone to ANYONE.
  • Don't reveal a password in an e-mail message.
  • Don't reveal a password on questionnaires or security forms.
  • Don’t use the "Remember Password" feature of applications.

What If I Suspect Someone Knows My Password?

Are you getting notifications that you've tried to log in to your account from a place you've never visited? It could be that someone has figured out your password. If you suspect someone knows your password, you should change it immediately! 

Questions? Need Help?

If you have questions or need some help, please let ITS know by submitting a Raven Solutions request.


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