Protect your device and your data.
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Are your passwords strong enough? Are they unique? Passwords protect your device and your data, especially if you’re working from home. Use strong passwords that are unique to each account, application, or website. When passwords are reused, a cyber-attack in one place puts your information in other places at risk.

What to Do:

Safeguard your passwords, so that they can help protect your information.

  • Don’t write passwords down.
  • Don’t share your passwords or the answers to password reset questions. It’s against campus policy to let anyone else know your passwords. IT staff will never ask you for your passwords.
  • Don’t reuse passwords, especially the ones you use for your email, bank account, credit cards, or your University of Illinois account.
  • Don’t post your passwords or answers to your password reset questions anywhere that’s publicly viewable. (This includes pet pictures if your pet's name is a reset question.)
  • Consider using a reputable password manager.

To check your passwords' strength and learn more, take the Creating Strong Passwords cybersecurity training module at https://go.illinois.edu/securitytraining.

Stay safe, stay secure. Contact securitysupport@illinois.edu with questions or feedback. 

-Technology Services Privacy and Security Team