Change your password

A unique and strong password reduces the risk of data breaches and protects you from many threats such as identity theft. One of the most common ways that hackers break into computers is by guessing passwords.

Once you receive the initial password from UWE Bristol, you must:

  1. read the guidance below to ensure you always use secure passwords.
  2. set up your Microsoft account and security info, which will enable multi-factor authentication (MFA).
  3. change the initial password via your Microsoft account.

Once you've set up your Microsoft account and security info, you can use it at any time to change your password and update your verification (MFA) methods.

MFA adds an additional layer of security to your account and will be required when you log in to Office 365 apps (which includes your UWE Bristol email account).

The University will never email or call you to confirm your password.

Create a unique, strong and secure password

Secure passwords

Make passwords difficult to guess by:

  • using a unique password for every account
  • using the three random words technique
  • never share your password with anyone for any reason
  • using a password manager to store and suggest passwords
  • using a minimum of 12 characters in length - always remember, longer is stronger.

Security profile

Once set up, you can use your security profile to:

  • change your password
  • update your security information
  • add additional authentication methods (MFA).

Information Security Toolkit

UWE Bristol IT systems are safe and secure, but you need to do your bit too!

The toolkit provides top tips and advice to help safeguard you, others and the University against cyber threats.

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