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Create a strong password

  • Include both uppercase and lowercase letters (case-sensitive).
  • Include both letters and numbers (alpha-numeric).
  • Do not include your login name, a.k.a. username, in any form (as-is, reversed, capitalized, doubled).
  • Avoid words that can be found in a dictionary (including foreign and technical dictionaries).
  • Do not use a password that has been given as an example of a good password.
  • Do not use a password that begins with a number.

Note: Before you create your password, please read the specific requirements for BC passwords on the secure Change your Password transaction in Agora Portal.


Create an easy to remember password

One possible way to pick a good password is to make up your own acronym. Create a phrase that has meaning to you and pick the first letter of each word or abbreviate. A combination of numbers and letters is harder to guess or crack with a computer program.

For example:

  • "My friend Brittany is 5 feet tall in heels." (mfBi5ftih)
  • "I work 8 hours a day." (wrk8hrsdy)

Note: Before you create your password, please read the specific requirements for BC passwords on the secure Change your Password transaction in Agora Portal.


Protect your Password

  • Memorize your password.
  • If you must write down your new password because you are afraid to forget it, then:
    • Never write your username and your password on the same piece of paper.
    • Do not place a written copy of your password on the side of your monitor, under your keyboard, etc.
    • Destroy the written copy as soon as you have memorized your password.
  • Do not allow anyone to look over your shoulder while you are entering your password.
  • Do not use public computers to log in to anything -- if you do, change your password immediately-- they frequently have key logging software on them.
  • Do not answer password reset "challenge" questions with information that is already online about you (on Facebook, your resume, your LinkedIn page, etc.), or someone can take over your account without even KNOWING your password!
  • Do not use your BC password for other web sites or other purposes besides BC systems.
  • Do not use the same password for any logins that are important to you -- financial institutions, tax filing, etc.
  • Change your password regularly.
  • Change your password immediately if it has been compromised.


Use a Password Manager

Need help remembering all your passwords? There are many 3rd party software programs designed to help you store and manage your passwords and login IDs, therefore making it easier to setup unique and strong passwords for each individual account. However, if you choose to use one, be aware of the following security warnings:

  • A password manager is only as secure as the strength of the master password.
  • Use a different password for your password manager than the ones you use to login to BC services.
Learn more about Password Managers (PDF by OUCH! Securing the Human Newsletter).  
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Although these products are not officially supported by BC, ITS Security has reviewed and approved the following products for personal and work use. If you choose to use one of these services, please note that all support should be from the vendor or online community, and not ITS Support. Please note: ITS Security does not recommended the use of Password Manager “browser add-ons.”

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