Create strong passwords

Using a weak password that can be easily guessed is not a sensible move. Remember, there are many applications that can generate and test millions of passwords per hour. Even strong passwords are not infallible, but they make things as difficult as possible for a hacker.

See further information on UOB password construction and changing passwords

Is your password weak and easy to hack?Do you use strong passwords?
  • Do you write your passwords down or store them on your PC in plain text, such as in Notepad or Word?
  • Do you select 'Yes' when applications ask you if you want them to remember your passwords for you?
  • Do you tell anyone (including your partner, flatmate or best friend) what your passwords are? (It could be a very good idea to change your password if you change your partner.)
  • Do you select the same password for every account?
  • Do you use your University password for non-University accounts?
  • Do you use easy to guess words, such as your pet's name, mother's name, partner's name, etc?
  • Do you use phone numbers, pin numbers, student number, staff payroll number, etc?
  • Do you use commonly-known acronyms or patterns, such as, uob, abcde, qwerty or 12345 or words that are found in dictionaries?

If you answer 'yes' to even one of the above questions you are giving an open invitation to hackers or bots to access your password-protected accounts and are making yourself a target for identity theft. Remember that you should never divulge your UOB passwords or use them for non-UOB accounts.

  • Make the password at least ten characters long but not more than 100 characters
  • Include a mix of upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers and special characters, eg ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ + | ~ - = \ ` { } [ ] : " ; ' < > ? , . /
  • Make it easy for you to remember, but impossible for anyone else to guess
  • If you have the slightest suspicion that your password has been disclosed, change it immediately
  • Use specialist software, such as Password Safe, to prevent writing passwords down or storing them on your computer in unencrypted form
  • If an application asks you if you want it to remember your password for you, just say no

If you are doing all of the above, then you are using strong passwords and doing your best to prevent hackers from accessing your password-protected accounts- well done!