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Password Security

Using passphrases

Westminster encourages the use of Passphrases instead of passwords. A passphrase is similar to a password, except that it’s based on a random collection of words, rather than just one word. Sometimes people pick words that have to do with an event that is important to them. A good example would be. “Dad’s birthday, 2 pieces of red Cake.” Note that passphrases are easier to type into mobile devices than complex short passwords like “K$hk3@dis”. Password attacks are commonplace on the internet, your Westminster password should not be the same as the passwords you use on other websites like Facebook, Gmail, linked-in etc. It is against college policy to share your password with anybody.

If you want to use a password instead of a passphrase:

A good password:

  • is not a password you have used before or on another website
  • is not a dictionary word with a number on the end of it
  • is not like your previous passwords
  • is not your name
  • is not your login
  • is not your spouses, children, girlfriends/boyfriends or pets name
  • is not a common name
  • is not a keyboard pattern, such as qwerty, asdfghjkl, or 12345678