Tips about your account

Tips to use your account safely.

Choosing a strong password

How do you choose a strong password that you can still remember? Strong passwords are long passwords that are too long to be guessed or cracked by people and computers. The password Ap23K ^ THEY! P_tR is very strong, but not easy to remember by the author.
It is more convenient to use a passphrase. A passphrase is a long password, a password sentence, consisting of several words. For example: green grass mowing. A passphrase with a combination of lower case, upper case and numbers create a password that is harder to crack.
Tips for a strong password:

  • The longer the password, the better.
  • Use multiple capital letters (not only the first character).
  • Remove all vowels. For example: llkttznmi (all cats are beautiful).
  • Use an acronym (first letter of a sentence). For example: ttswsa (tomorrow the sun will shine again).
  • Change letters by numbers. For example: ur1drful2 (you are wonderful too).
  • Make a deliberate mistake. For example: sjokolade (chocolate).
  • The password is not related to the application that is used.
  • Do not use famous sayings or proverbs.
  • Do not use personal information such as names and date of birth.
  • It is important that your password is easy to remember.

Be aware of phishing email

Internet criminals try to use internet email messages to access your account information (phishing). These messages appear in terms of layout to originate from ULCN or the University of Leiden, but that is not the case. In order for the email message to appear realistic, the internet criminals sometimes use the seal (logo) or a sender address that appears to be from the university. In such an email you'll be requested to email back your account information or you could be asked to click on a link or a button, after which you will be asked to log in on a screen that is similar to a login screen of an application of Leiden University.

Never answer such mail messages, but delete them immediately from your mailbox!

ULCN will never ask for your login details. ULCN sends mail messages in a timely manner about the status of your account and if your password is going to expire. Look at this example message. If you receive a email message and have doubts about a particular link, then do not use that link. If you want to change your password, please log yourself in via (Account Self Service).

Tip: create a shortcut to the website Account Self Service and put this in your favorites or place it on your desktop. That way you access Account Self Service in a secure manner and you always outsmart internet criminals.

In the unlikely event that you have given out your account details, change your password as quickly as possible or contact a helpdesk.

Last Modified: 27-09-2013