Using a password creates a barrier between you and whoever is trying to access your information. By setting a strong password that you change periodically, you are protecting yourself and your data more effectively. 

Your College password should be at least 12 characters long and contain three different character types, e.g. lowercase, uppercase letters and numbers.

The College also recommends using Multi-Factor Authentication to further protect you and your data. If you have this enabled, you will not be subject to regular password changes, as this adds additional security to your account.

Key things to remember

  • Do not share your password with anyone. The ICT service desk will never ask for your password when you speak with them.
  • We recommend that three random words should be used to create your password.
  • If you ever feel as though your password has been compromised, change your password immediately.
  • Do not recyle your password.
  • Password generators can be incredibly useful. They work by providing you a completely random password that will be near impossible to guess. ICT recommends using the Norton Identity Safe password generator

We recommend that all staff read College's code of practice about passwords: Code of Practice 4: Account Security Management.