Password Management

Quick wins to elevate your passwords playbook.

1. Make it strong

A simple way to increase your password security is to incorporate the following tips when creating a password:

  • At least 10 characters long. The longer the better.
  • Use a combination of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
  • Significantly different from your previous passwords.
  • Easy for you to remember but difficult for others to guess.

2. Don’t reuse

When creating passwords for your accounts, ensure they are unique to each account. Password reuse raises the risk of a cyber attacker gaining unauthorized access to all your accounts that use the same password.

Video: Password Tips

3. Use a password manager

Great news. You don’t have to remember all your unique passwords. You can use a password manager to do that for you. A password manager securely stores all your passwords in one place. You only need to remember one password – the one you set for your password manager. Once set up, you can access your passwords in one place. The University of Melbourne offers a FREE Premium LastPass license for all current students and staff. Find out more.

4. Enable multifactor authentication (MFA)

Multifactor authentication (MFA) is an additional layer of security on top of your passwords and requires more than one kind of credential to access your account. Where possible enable MFA for all your online accounts.