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Passwords: Adding Numbers to the End Doesn’t Improve Security

Worst Passwords to use - 2015 list

According to a Wall Street Journal article, some of the most common passwords in 2015 were “QWERTYUIOP” and “1234567890”. Though these are longer than the popular “QWERTY” and “12345” passwords of previous years, cybersecurity experts at SplashData caution that simply adding letters and numbers to common passwords won’t protect you from hackers.

UF’s Password Complexity Standard lists the minimum requirements for myUFL and Gatorlink passwords. If you’re worried about creating a password that you’ll end up forgetting, try a passphrase instead! At UF, a passphrase doesn’t have to include special characters (punctuation or numbers) and can contain actual words. Another option: try creating your next password by starting with the first letter of each word from a line in your favorite tune.

Big companies and government organizations get hacked–why think it can’t happen to you? Crafting strong personal passwords will help protect your information and UF’s networks! More security tips and helpful information can be found on the Information Security Office’s website, including a comprehensive guide on creating effective passwords.