Password management

Aims and objectives

This module will:

  • provide information and guidance on account security
  • explore the use and benefits of password managers
  • outline common security issues

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • create passwords that are harder to guess and crack
  • understand how accounts are hacked and ways to reduce your risk
  • practice proper account and password management

1. Creating secure passwords

Account security is more than just creating a secure password, there are other actions that can help protect your online accounts. Creating a secure password and practising good password management is one of the most important things that you can do to secure your accounts. In this module, we will explore ways that accounts can be breached and how you can reduce that risk, and additional steps you should consider to secure your accounts. 

Quick easy tips to securing your online accounts:

  • Don't just use one password - use a different password for every account
  • Use a passphrase - instead of a singular word, try a sequence of words for instance, DogsandCatsareawesome (Do not use this as your password)
  • Include numbers, capital letters and symbols
  • The longer the password, the better
  • Don't write passwords down
  • Turn on two-factor authentication

UQ password management

You can change your password via the Information Technology Services (ITS) website. You will be asked to provide your UQ username and current password when you do this. ITS have also created a guide on creating good passwords and managing your account.

If you have forgotten your password, you can use the password reset page on the ITS website. To do this you will be asked to provide your UQ username and the mobile number recorded in your mySI-net account.

Contact the Library's AskUs service if you need password help.

In order to reset your UQ password you will need an Australian mobile number listed in your mySI-net account. Please check what number you have listed in your mySI-net account.

Duration:   Approximately 20 minutes

Graduate attributes

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