• Suffolk University Password Security

Some passwords are stronger than others. The difference can be crucial to protecting your security on the Internet. 

A standard six character, single-case password has 308 million possible combinations. That may sound safe enough, but it would only take a hacker as little as 10 seconds to find your password. 

Following the procedures outlined below, you can increase the complexity to around 6,000 trillion combinations. 

Your Suffolk password should

  • have a minimum length of 8 alphanumeric characters
  • contain a mixture of both upper and lower case characters
  • include at least two (2) numbers and one (1) special character, such as: # $ % ^ * ( ) _ + | ~ - = \ : ; < > ? ,
  • not be easily tied back to you, such as your name, social security number, nickname, relative’s names, birth date, etc.

In addition, you should never shared your account passwords with anyone. Suffolk University, Information Technology Services (ITS) and ITS third-party service providers will not ask for your account passwords.

You should never circumvent password entry with auto logon, application remembering, embedded scripts or hardcoded passwords in client software, except for University email, which is password secured by the overlaying operating system on University User workstations or personal digital assistants

Computing devices must not be left unattended without enabling a password-protected screensaver or logging off of the device

If you suspect or have reason to know that the security of a password may be compromised, the password must be changed immediately. Under such circumstances, you should immediately report the discovery to the SuffolkUniversity ITS Help Desk (617) 557-2000. 

We encourage all members of the Suffolk community to review the full Suffolk University Information Security Policy Manual, and to be generally familiar with all University Policies and Procedures.