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How to Create Strong Passwords

Several encrypted password managers are available to help keep track of usernames and passwords. These are small encrypted databases you can enter your passwords into, then when you need a password, simply open the application with the master password and retrieve the information. Unfortunately, if you lose or give away the master password, you’ve got a problem. Make sure the password manager is strongly encrypted, and that you use a strong password to protect it.

Some good password managers

  • KeePass
  • Apple Keychain
  • LastPass
  • Your UNK EASI password must contain at least ten characters.
  • Your UNK EASI password must contain AT LEAST three out of the four following groups:
    • Lower case letters
    • Upper case letters
    • Numbers
    • Special Characters (punctuation, symbols, etc.)
  • Your UNK EASI password must be changed every 90 days.
  • Your UNK EASI password cannot be the same as your previous ten passwords
  • Do not share or reveal a password to anyone, regardless of the circumstances.
  • Do not write down and store passwords near computers.
  • Do not reveal a password in an email message or through other electronic communications.
  • Do not reveal a password on a questionnaire or form.
  • Do not use the same password for UNK accounts as for other non-UNK access (e.g. personal ISP account, option trading, benefits, etc.). Where possible, don’t use the same password for various UNK access needs.
  • Do not use the “Remember Password” feature of applications.
  • If an account or password is suspected to have been compromised, report the incident to the Technology Helpdesk and change all passwords.
  • Avoid using dictionary words as passwords. (loper)
  • Avoid using dictionary words spelled backwards. (repol)
  • Avoid using two dictionary words in a row. (loperloper)
  • Avoid using a password containing your name or username.
  • Avoid passwords that are all numbers. (123456)
  • Avoid using repeating characters. (aaabbbccc)
  • Avoid adding numbers or letters to the beginning/end of a dictionary word. (loper123 or loperabc)
  • Avoid using one of the top 100 most popular passwords
  • Longer passwords are better, use a passphrase instead of a password
    • If you have trouble remembering a longer password, write it down on a piece of paper, put the paper in your wallet, and use the same caution with it as you would with a credit card. Once you remember the password easily, shred the paper.

  • Remove all the vowels from a phrase to create a password.
    • Example: thnklprsfnsrckthstnds! The UNK Lopers fans rock the stands!
  • Use an acronym
    • Example: tunklfrts!
  • Replace letters with numbers or special characters
    • Example: Th3 UNK L0p3r 4ns r0ck th3 $tand$!