Creating a strong password can seem like a chore. But investing the time in creating a secure password can make all the difference in protecting your personal information.
Coming up with a strong password doesn’t have to be hard.
Just follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to securing your privacy:
- Long is Strong: Passwords must be at least 10 characters (Your UTORid password can be up to 32 characters!)
- Mix It Up: Strong passwords have a combination of upper case characters, lower case characters, numbers and symbols.
- The Phrase is the Way: Use an easy-to-remember phrase as your password by adding symbols, numbers and upper and lower case characters. Length is the key. For example, “A stitch in time saves nine” becomes “A-stitch-1n-time-s@ves-9”.
Avoid these common password no-nos:
- Don’t put your username in your password.
- Don’t use the same password for multiple accounts.
- Don’t use one word as your password.
- Don’t use repeating letters or a number sequence.
- Don’t use your pet’s name.
- Don’t use your personal information i.e. birthdate, address, phone number etc.
- Don’t share your password or passphrase with anyone.
Use a password manager
Remembering all your passwords can be difficult. A password manager along with multi-factor authentication (MFA) will make it easy to stay in control of your online security and keep track of your login credentials.
Have you registered for U of T’s password reset tool?
Information Technology Services has created a convenient password reset tool. Once you’ve signed up you’ll be able to change your password through your personal email or via SMS. You’ll only ever need to register once!