Choose a strong password 

A password is often all that protects your account, sensitive data, financial information and personal files from Cyber-criminals. Protect your password, just like you would protect your money, bank cards, etc. etc. If you have not changed your password in the last 12 months, if it is not STRONG, UNIQUE or if you have SHARED it with anyone, you should change your password today. Below are tips to help you create strong passwords and protect yourself and information against cyber-crime.


Password Protection Policy

University Password Protection Policy (updated October 2018)


  • Passwords must be unique to UCD systems.
  • Use at least 10 characters, preferably more.
  • Use a mixture of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols.
  • Create an easy-to-remember passphrase by choosing a phrase and adding numbers and symbols. Length is more important than complexity.
  • Change your password or passphrase at least every 12 months or immediately if you suspect something suspicious.
  • Be sure you're on the correct website before entering your password or passphrase. Always verify links in emails. 


  • Don't share your password or passphrase with anyone, including IT Services.
  • Don't use your University email address as the username on external websites or mobile Apps e.g LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.
  • Don't include your name, username or account number in your password.
  • Don't use the same password for multiple services.
  • Don't use a single word, in any language.
  • Don't use consecutive repeating characters or a number sequence.
  • Don't use your birthdate, address, phone number, pets name or any other type of information someone can easily obtain.
  • Don't save your passwords in browsers.

Change your Password

Go to UCD Connect and click on the password icon. 

UCD Connect Password Image