How do I make my password secure?


Best practices for secure passwords


As more systems use the UWinID for login, the importance of maintaining the privacy of your password is amplified. It is essential that clients follow the best practices of password security. Below is a list of things to avoid.

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

When creating a new password, ensure that it has a combination of upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers, and special characters (eg. !, @, #, $, %, ?, &), it is as least 10 characters long, does not match any of your previous 10 passwords, and cannot include any part of your first name, last name, or UWinID. You can change your password by going to



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