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is Password Awareness Month


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Topic: Password Awareness

Password Awareness

Welcome to the password awareness module!

Please take a few minutes to watch a video and then answer a few quiz questions.  The quiz will consist of three questions and you will have an opportunity to retake it if you don't pass.

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Using best practices when it comes to passwords is extremely critical to keeping the UCSF network as secure as possible.  Often times, people are unsure what types of passwords to use and how to best remember them.  Here are some tips and tricks to help you create and use strong passwords that you'll always remember.

Here are some good password practices:

  • Never give your password to anyone – including UCSF staff!
  • Use different passwords for different accounts.
  • Never share your passwords.
  • Never use a public computer to log onto a private account.
  • If you store your passwords, make sure they’re secure.
  • Avoid answering personal questions on random websites.
  • If you think your password has been compromised, call the IT Service desk at  help@ucsf.edu or call 415-514-4100.
  •  Use a complex password (see below).

 How to create a complex password:

  1. Create a passphrase using a combination of words that you will remember. Try to create a passphrase that is at least 8 characters long.
  2. Capitalize at least one letter of the password.
  3. Replace the letters:
    • ‘I’ with the symbol ‘!’
    • ‘O’ with the number ‘0’
    • ‘L’ with the number ‘1’
    • ‘Z’ with the number ‘2’
    • ‘E’ with the number ‘3’
    • ‘S’ with the number ‘5’
    • ‘B’ with the number ‘8’
    • ‘G’ with the number ‘9’

 For example:

  1. We use the passphrase: securityawareness
  2. Capitalize one or more letters: securityAwareness
  3. Replace certain letters with numbers and symbols using the method above.  The end result is: s3cur!tyAwar3n3ss



The following are commonly used weak passwords that hackers try when breaking into your account.  These passwords should always be avoided.

  • password123
  • 123456
  • qwerty
  • abc123
  • monkey
  • letmein
  • trustno1
  • dragon
  • baseball
  • iloveyou
The use of weak passwords can have major consequences for both you and UCSF.  These can include:
  • Your UCSF account being hacked.
  • Loss of personal and confidential patient data.
  • Fines to you and UCSF.
  • Losses of up to $2,000,000 to UCSF. 
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