Take extra care when choosing your password. Your password determines how safe you are on the Internet. Make use of a passphrase (e.g. +bullybeefwithcheese2), for passphrases are difficult to guess, but easy to remember. There are other ways too – do some research of your own – the more unique the password, the better the security.
When choosing a password it:
- made up of capitals, lowercase, special characters, numbers and symbols
- kept private – only you should know what it is
- unique and original
- easily remembered
- long enough
- written down or found in any dictionary
- able to be guessed by programs in less than a week
- compiled of well-known facts about yourself such as the names of your children
- repetitions of the keyboard keys (e.g. qwerty, 12345, !@#, to name a few)
Your NWU network password:
This is the password you use in conjunction with your NWU number. For more information on Password Management at the NWU visit services.nwu.ac.za/it/sc/password-management.
- Expires every 90 days.
- You will not be able to use your last 3 passwords for your next password change.
- The length of your password is a minimum of 5 (five) characters and a maximum of 52 (fifty two).
- Passwords are case sensitive.
- Should contain a mixture of alpha numeric, non-alpha numeric, numeric and at least one special character (e.g. @).
- You alone may change your password.