How do I create a good password?

Information Security recommends using a password manager application to randomly generate and securely store unique passwords for all of your accounts and online identities.

When selecting your password, make sure it is:

  • Passwords should never be re-used. Always use a unique password for your University of Guelph account.
  • Hard to guess by someone else, but easy for you to remember so you don’t have to write it down
  • Not a word that can be found in the dictionary
  • Between 8 and 14 characters long
  • Changed regularly
  • A mix of characters from at least three of the following categories: capital letters, lower case letters, numbers and simple punctuation or special characters (e.g., $ ( ) ! + - _ . = { })
    •  Note that the following characters should not be used as they may be problematic for some applications: < > ‘ “ ; , @ \ % & `