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Password Checklist


For information about User Accounts, including SJSU and CSUMB accounts, see the User Accounts page on the IT Website.

Keep in mind that your Gmail password is not necessarily the same as your MLML password.

Password Checklist

A strong and unique password will keep your account safe.
Here is a checklist for creating secure passwords for all of your accounts:

  • Your password should be easy for you to remember without being obvious for someone else to guess.
  • The longer and more complex the password, the stronger it is.
    • Include a variety of characters, such as punctuation marks, numbers, and mix capital and lowercase letters.
    • Don't choose a dictionary word as your password.
  • Have a recovery email or phone number set up with your account to be able to recover it in case you lose access.
    • Here are the Google Account Recovery instructions.
    • If you ever have a situation where your account is compromised, check to see that the recovery email or phone number hasn't been changed.
  • Never use the same password on multiple accounts. A password manager can help you keep track of your passwords (and generate very strong passwords).
  • Use multi-factor authentication. This adds an extra layer of security by having you approve a login with your smartphone or entering a code sent to your smartphone or from a physical token. 
  • Never tell anyone your password.
  • Never write down your password. Use a password manager instead!
  • Periodically change your password.
  • Make sure you have strong passwords on all of your accounts.