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Choosing a strong but memorable password is easy. Today's advice is to make passwords long, rather than complex.

Top tips

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Make your password as long as possible. Use at least 12 characters.

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Use a passphrase or a combination of unconnected words separated by another character, for example:

Tango-Teakettle-Barbecue

Tick Use a password generator to give you a suggested password or an idea of what would be suitable. 
Tick Use a password manager to remember all your long and strong passwords. We recommend following the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) guidance.
Cross Don't use simple passwords like 123456, qwerty, password, letmein, football and Cambridge. They're very easy to crack.
Cross Don't use a password that contains personal information such as birthdays, addresses, phone numbers or names of friends and family members (including your pets).
Cross Don't think that using a foreign language means you can have a simpler password. Hackers are global and translation is easy.
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University Wireless Service maintenance: Tuesday 21 September, 08:00–09:00

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Mailing list migrations from Mailman to Sympa

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Managed Zone Service closedown and migration to Mythic Beasts

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