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Passwords

Keeping your personal passwords private and secure is one of the most important steps you can take for safer computing. If your passwords slip into the wrong hands and you utilise the same password for any identity management system, financial login, internet site access and personal applications then all logins could be in jeopardy.

Strong Passwords are a vital key to security and privacy

Using strong passwords is an important step towards ensuring privacy and security on the computers, mobile devices, and applications you use every day, at home and on campus. Unfortunately, many of the passwords people use are simple and/or have been in use for a long period of time and/or used across multiple accounts or systems. People who know you, or find out about you via social web sites, can guess simple passwords. Alternatively, people with minimal experience, but a strong motive, can crack your simple password using automated tools.

Another trait that is prevalent is that people use the same or similar passwords for multiple computers, applications and devices; gaining access to one password often provides access to other systems and accounts. This is why it is advisable to have a password per application/device/system and change it on a regular basis.

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