A strong CNetID password is your first line of defense against anyone trying to gain access to your University account. To create a strong CNetID password, choose one that contains at least 12 characters and combines uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. You can also select a passphrase, which contains at least 19 characters, including punctuation and spaces between words or letters.

Strong, complex passwords can be difficult to create and remember. Password managers, such as Password Safe or LastPass, generate strong passwords and store them securely in one place. To compare features among the most popular password managers, view a list from PC Magazine.

Also, remember to update your password regularly.