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Select, Protect & Maintain Strong Passwords

Don’t make it easy for intruders to gain access to your system.  Select a password that is hard to guess but easy to remember:

  • At least 8 characters long – the longer, the better.
  • A mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and punctuation marks.
  • Do not use words that can be found in a dictionary.
  • Avoid personal data like birthdays, kids’ or spouses’ names, etc.

To make a password that's both strong and easy to remember, choose a phrase that is unique to you, then boil it down to letters and numbers:

  • “My daughter’s birthday is June 25.” becomes: MdbiJ25.
  • “I was 30 when I met my wife.” becomes: Iw30wImmw.
  • Of course, don't use either of the above examples for your own password!

Protect Your Password

  • Don't share your password with friends or colleagues.
  • Don't write it down. The best place to store your password is in your head.
  • Use separate passwords for each system, especially when dealing with non-university providers. For example, if you use eBay, don't make your eBay password the same as your Oak password.

Change your Password Regularly

You should change your password every 30 days. To change your Oak password: