Creating a password

A password is often the only obstacle to unauthorised use of a data system. When you create a password, make sure you follow these guidelines:

  • The password is at least 14 characters long
  • The password must not be a real word, not even one from a foreign language.
  • It must not be a car registration number, a date of birth, the name of a pet or anything else that can be easily deduced.
  • A password should be in the form a code.
  • It should include a mixture of numerical digits, letters and special characters.
  • However, the Scandinavian letters ä, ö and å must not be used in the password.

Make sure you don’t write the password on a piece of paper and hide it under the keyboard. The best place to keep a password is in your head. Don’t store the password on a computer or in any separate text file. Also, don’t save the password even if a program gives you the option. Otherwise, it becomes easy for malware to snoop and obtain your password.

Systematic hacking methods and programs have been developed for determining passwords. For this reason, you should change your password on a regular basis.

You must not disclose your password to anyone else either. The transfer of a Jamk (Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences) data-system username/password pair to another person is a violation of the user regulations.