About passwords

Once you receive your password from UWE Bristol, you should change it immediately using the self-service password reset.

You should also change your password if you suspect a data breach or that it has been compromised.

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.

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

Self-service password reset
An image of an asterisk password with a locked padlock.

Secure passwords

Make passwords difficult to guess by:

  • using a unique password for every account
  • using the three random words technique below
  • never share your password with anyone for any reason
  • using a password manager to store and suggest passwords
  • mixing upper and lower case letters, along with numbers and special characters (for example, %^!#)
  • using a minimum of eight characters - always remember, longer is stronger.

Three random words

A good way to create a strong and memorable password is to use three random words. Numbers and symbols can still be used if needed, for example, 3redhousemonkeys27!

Be creative and use words memorable to you, so that people can't guess your password. Your social media accounts can give away vital clues about yourself, so don't use words such as a family members name or favourite sports team which are easy for people to guess.

Cybercriminals are very smart and know many of the simple substitutions we use such as 'Pa55word!' which utilises symbols to replace letters.

Password managers

With a password manager, you only need to remember one strong master passphrase that protects all of your credentials in a secure vault.

Many provide useful features that make your online life easier while being more secure, such as automatically entering your credentials and generating new strong passwords for you.

You will also find that most password managers support multi-factor authentication (MFA), making access to your password manager even more secure.

The University does not support a single product, however, there are several free and paid-for tools such as KeePassLastPass, and 1Password.

Caution: if you choose to download a password manager and forget the master passphrase, IT Services will not be able to restore it.