IT Services


Passwords

Your password is key to protecting the security of your account. Passwords ensure that only authorised users can access the University's IT facilities. Your password keeps your stored data and information private and secure.

Password disclosure

You must never disclose your University IT account password to anyone. This includes your line manager, IT staff, personal assistants and members of your family. If someone demands a password, refuse to give it and refer them to the University's password policy.

If you can think of a reason why you need to share your password, contact the IT Support Centre as there should be an alternative option.

Changing your password

If you need to change your password for any reason, please follow these links:

Why do I need a strong password?

Criminals have developed programs that automate the ability to guess your password. The longer and more complex your password is, the more difficult it is to discover it. Weak passwords can be easily broken by someone with minimal skills and the right tools.

It is vital that your password meets the requirements of the University's password policy:

Weak password examples

  • Words which can be found in a dictionary (English or foreign), or such words written backwards
  • Names of family, pets, friends, co-workers, fantasy characters, birthdays and other personal information such as addresses and phone numbers
  • Word or number patterns like aaabbb, qwert, zyxwvuts, 123321 etc
  • Any of the above precluded, or followed by a digit (e.g. secret1, 1 secret)
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Passwords

You must never disclose your University IT account password to anyone.University of Manchester Password Policy