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Tips and tricks for securing information


Cyber Security Awareness Month – Week Three

By Daniela Cooper, on 17 October 2023

Passwords and Password Managers

It’s week three already! This week is all about passwords and password managers and how important it is to take care to create strong passwords and use password managers to help you store them securely. Also, don’t forget to enter the week three quiz to be in with a chance to win a £25 Amazon voucher.

  • Did you know the average person has more than 100 passwords at any given time? Here’s an easy tip: a Password Manager can help you create strong, unique passwords for each account.
  • No matter the account, all passwords should be created with these 3 words in mind: Long, Unique (never reuse passwords) and Complex (a combination of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and special characters).
  • What are some of the advantages of a password manager? They…
    • Save time
    • Generate strong passwords
    • Identify weak passwords
  • Organize your ever-growing list of online accounts with a password manager. They can manage all your online credentials like usernames and passwords, storing them in a safe, encrypted database and generating new ones when needed.
  • Lock it up! Strong passwords are your first line of defense against cyber threats. Don’t settle for weak combinations. Create unique and complex passwords for each account and consider using a password manager for added convenience and security.
  • Avoid common password pitfalls! Hackers love easy targets, so don’t make it easy for them. Say no to password123 or QWERTY. Opt for unique and complex passwords – let a password manager do the heavy lifting for you. It’s time to level up your security.


Reminder to complete CybSafe training

A quick reminder that if you haven’t completed your CybSafe training, please do so here:


The training can now also be found on InsideUCL: https://app.ucl.ac.uk/InsideUCL/


Week Three Quiz

Be in with a chance to win a £25 Amazon voucher by answering the question below:

Q: What three words should you keep in mind when creating passwords?

Please send your entries to isg@ucl.ac.uk with the subject line: CSAM Week Three. The quiz is only open to UCL staff and students who enter using their UCL email address.


For more information on how to protect yourself, your friends and your family see: https://staysafeonline.org

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