Tips for a secure password

Password and username allow access to the services we use daily on the web.

If a password gets intercepted by an attacker, then he can access our bank account,our university data, replace us on social media, send emails, or shop online in our name.

That’s why passwords must be chosen with care.

There are a few steps you can follow to choose a password that is as effective as possible and difficult to find.

NEVER USE as a password for your accounts:

  • the word "password"
  • names or nicknames of family members or pets
  • birthdates of family members
  • “123456…” or “qwerty” sequence
  • one of the words of a dictionary

Then, you should:

  • not share your password with others
  • not insert your password if someone is watching
  • change your password regularly (see the procedure for Unitn accounts)
  • not use the same password for more than one account
  • not send your password via email or sms
  • not use an old password you already used in the past
  • not transcribe your password in plaintext. Use an encryption service.

For security reasons, Unitn password must:

  • be more than 8 characters long
  • contain at least a non-alphabetic character. Allowed characters: A-Z, a-z, 0-9,*, /, +, -, . , _, ?, !, @
  • be different from your old password