Passphrase Guidance


Choose a passphrase that you can remember so that you don’t need to keep looking it up. This reduces the chance of somebody discovering where you have it written down.


If your password is derived from sources like a well known song, expression, or slogan, be sure to customize it with misspelling, numbers, special characters, mnemonics, made up words.


Use a mixture of upper and lower case letters


Introduce silent characters into the word


Intentionally misspell words


Do not use any personal identification type of information (i.e., social security number, date of birth, username, account name, computer name, email address)

Do not include:

  • your name
  • your spouse’s name
  • your parent’s name your pet’s name
  • your child’s name
  • names of close friends or coworkers
  •  name of your favorite fantasy characters
  • your boss’s name
  • the name of the operating system you’re using
  • the hostname of your computer
  • your phone number
  • your license plate number
  • any part of your social security number
  • birth dates
  • other information that is easily obtained about you
  • any username on the computer in any form (as is, capitalized, etc)
  • passwords of all the same letter
  • simple patterns on the keyboard

Do include:

  • embedded extra characters in a word special characters (limited to ! * % when selecting a password for the Banner system)
  • digits
  • misspelled words
  •  unusual capitalization (i.e., capitalizing first letter of words, all but first letters…)
  • concatenation of two or more words or parts of words
  • one word in the middle of another, or interleave the letters of two words