Tips for setting your university password

If you are a new student at HWU you will  be issued with a confirmation letter with your IT UserID and password on it at the end of the enrolment process.

This UserID and password is used to log into a number of centrally supported services e.g.

  • University desktop PCs
  • Vision
  • WebMail
  • Wifi
  • Library resources e.g. databases and other electronic resources when off-campus

The IT password on your confirmation letter is randomly generated – so you could change this to something that you will remember more easily.

passwordTips when choosing a new password

  • Make it at least 8 characters long (between 8 – 14 is recommended)
  • Don’t use words in any in any dictionary of any language
  • Use a mixture of upper and lower case, numbers and symbols
  • Make it something you will remember – but others will find difficult to guess (it’s a good idea to use an acronym for something that is meaningful to you)
  • Substitute some letters with numbers and symbols

Examples

My favorite sport is squash could be abbreviated and then coded to become m1f4vs1s
or
Sunshine and showers in Scotland could become ss&551n5l4nd

Bad passwords (just a few examples…)

  • password
  • qwerty
  • iloveyou
  • 123456 (or any extension of…)
  • abc123
  • zxcvbn

Watch a short video on choosing passwords – http://youtu.be/VYzguTdOmmU

To change your passwordchangepassword

  1. Double click the change password icon on the HWU desktop (or go to http://my.hw.ac.uk/passwords)
  2. Click Change My Password
  3. Complete the details as required

Note: you can also reset your password at the same place by choosing Forgot My Password

And remember, don’t …

  • share your password with anyone
  • write it down and keep it on your desk (or anywhere else anyone can pick it up)

See Passwords and PINs

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