Passwords are used to access many online services, both at the University of Chicago and for personal banking, e-commerce, social networking, and beyond. Creating a strong password is your first line of defense against anyone trying to gain access to your private information.

The guidelines for a secure University password is one that contains at least 12 characters and combines letters, numbers, and symbols. Alternately, you can choose a passphrase, which contains at least 19 characters in length, including punctuation and spaces between words or letters. These University password guidelines also provide best practices to follow when creating a password for any website login.

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