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Password Best Practice

Password Best Practice

Passwords are important. They are key to gaining access to key university services and should be treated with care. Things to remember:  



✔ Using separate passwords – Keep separate passwords for your BNU account, your email account, and other accounts you may have such as banking & social media. 


✔ Make sure your password is strong – Three random words combined into one password is an effective way to create a strong password that is easy to remember. Avoid using common passwords such as the word “password”, do not use your username, birth dates, family, or pet names. You can find more guidance on creating a strong password on the NCSC website. 


✔ Save your passwords in browser – By storing your passwords in a browser you are allowing your browser to remember your password for you and is safer than using weak passwords. 


✔ Save your passwords in password manager – In case you have trouble remembering your passwords but want your accounts to be secure, you can use a password manager (or password vault). The NCSC have useful information on password managers. 


✔ Make sure you always have Two Factor Authentication – for information on how to set this up for your BNU account visit our Multifactor Authentication page. 


Visit Password Management page for steps on how to change your password. 



✘ You must not share your password with anyone (including IT support) 

✘ Do not perform financial transactions on public networks 

✘ Never write your password down and keep it on your desk or anywhere others can access easily 

✘ Avoid using the same password on multiple websites, all your accounts could be compromised in one go. 

If in doubt, call it out – Report anything suspicious straight away.  Any concerns about information security or cyber security can be reported directly to the IT Service Desk by emailing: or calling 01494 605000. Additional contact details are available on the If in doubt, call it out page