Password Security

GVSU Duo Security

Information Technology will be providing two-factor authentication to GVSU faculty/staff who have been determined to have access to highly sensitive GVSU data through VPN.GVSU.EDU access.

Learn more about Duo Security.

Password Strength Test

Test your Password    (This link is secure and endorsed by GVSU IT)

Strong Passwords

Strong password are needed to protect your GVSU and personal data.  Our goal is to help you find ways to establish strong passwords and remove the ‘painful’ thoughts that most have when they are asked to remember one or more complex passwords.

At GVSU, we have multiple password requirements based on the application you may use.  Where applicable, we do allow you to use the ‘same’ password to make this process easier.  The following applications may use the same password for access at GVSU:

  • Network access
  • Outlook email
  • Banner INB (character restrictions apply)

Banner Self Service and Onbase can be set manually by the employee to ‘match’ the network password, thus utilizing ‘same’ password. Click here for GVSU network password requirements.

Password Manager Software

A password manager stores your passwords for various accounts, websites, and applications. You only need to remember one master password to retrieve the saved passwords for all of your accounts.

Your GVSU Information Technology team has listed below the tools that they use to protect their accounts and passwords.  When reviewing these options, please select a tool that fits your needs and allows you to manage your own accounts independently as these suggestions are for personal use and not supported/mandated by GVSU.


A passphrase is a sequence of words or other text used to control access to a computer system, program or data. A passphrase is similar to a password in usage, but is generally longer for added security. For example, pick a topic, event or hobby that is not publicly known on social media sites or by friends/family to make your passphrase easy, fun and one that you will remember!

Sample passphrase ideas using upper case, lower case, numbers and special characters:

  • Favorite wines along with the best year you ever tasted – Smcsmpnz75              
    • Thus taking the first letter of each wine, in order by my favorite wines and the best year bottle of wine I have ever tasted.  I can remember the wines and the year, thus making it easy to remember my passphrase. 
    • You can insert a special character to make it more complex – Smcs@mpnz75
    • Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet, Sauvignon, Malbec, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel
  • Random words, nonsense words, mix of special characters – shimbofried$r!ce

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Passphrases    Password Managers 

Page last modified October 26, 2018