How to generate a secure password?

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Having a strong password difficult to guess is essential to the security of your professional and personal accounts.

What's a secure password?


Currently, a "strong" password is:
  • made of numbers and letters (lower case letters and at least one capital letter and one number) and special characters (- +! §%, etc.) if the system allows it (for now, special characters are not allowed in Copass, the UGA digital safe);
  • at least 8 characters long (between 10 and 24 is even better!);
  • not a name nor a word that exists in the English dictionary or other languages;
  • can’t be lent or communicated (by email or other ways);
  • changed at least once a year.
To create a password that meets these conditions while being easy to remember, several methods can be used.


Initial letter method


Choose a sentence that means something to you (we will give the example with a proverb, but choose something more personal) and keep only the initial letter of each word.

For example: a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
gives: abithiwtitb

And if you add a number and capital letters, it becomes: aBitHiw2itb

Easy to remember, difficult to guess!

 The French CNIL (National Commission on Informatics and Liberty) offers on its website a password generator using this method (just remember that for now, special characters are not allowed in Copass, the UGA digital safe).


Word mix


Choose four words or more you can remember (for example with the same semantic field) and create a new one by mixing them. Caution! This new word must not exist.

For example: flower garden leaf tree
gives: flogaletre

And if you add a number and a capital letter, it becomes: 3Flogaletre

Easy to remember, difficult to guess!


How to change your UGA password?


Go to "How to change my password?" webpage and follow the instructions.
Updated on February 10, 2021