Protect yourself from identity theft.
Operating System: All
Applies To: UB students, faculty, staff, alumni, retirees and volunteers
Last Updated: March 12, 2019
A passphrase is like a password but longer, more secure and easier for you to memorize. A passphrase is a sentence and includes capitalization, spaces, punctuation and at least 1 number. For example, the passphrase “Sunshine on my sh0ulders.” meets the UB requirements below:
Passphrases are more secure than passwords because they are longer and can be easier to remember. This reduces the probability of having to write down a passphrase.
In contrast, a password is usually one or two words with special characters and numbers. While passwords can be secure, they are shorter than passphrases and are harder to remember. This may increase the chance of having to write down a password.
Cracking: Cracking programs automatically guess common or simple passwords/passphrases and can make over one million crack attempts per second.
Malware: Viruses and spyware often contain passwords/passphrase stealers or keyloggers.
Non-UBIT Services: Never use your UBITName or email address and UBITName password/passphrase as credentials on a non-UB IT service. If that service is compromised, then your UB credentials are at risk.
Phishing: This is a fraudulent email, text message, or phone call designed to fool you into giving out your Personally Identifiable Information (PII). The messages appear to come from a trusted sender. Remember that UB never asks you to confirm a password or passphrase through email, so don't click on links. If you suspect you have received a phishing attempt email, please contact the UBIT Help Center.
Shoulder Surfing: This happens when someone spies on you in order to learn your UBITName and passphrase so they can use your credentials.
Social Engineering: This happens when someone tricks you into breaking or ignoring security procedures.
If someone has your UBITName and password or passphrase, they could:
If you are a student and someone has your UBITName and password/passphrase, they could:
If you are a faculty member and someone has your UBITName and password/passphrase, they could:
If you are a staff member and someone has your UBITName and password/passphrase, they could:
Cracking programs search for common passwords first. Therefore, passwords or passphrases should not:
Change your UBITName password or passphrase by using the UBITName Manager.