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OpenAthens password policy change

Published Date: 04th August 2022


OpenAthens have made changes to their password policy in line with guidance from the National Cyber Security Centre. To enhance the security of your account, passwords will need to meet increased complexity requirements.


What does this mean for you?

  • All new OpenAthens accounts will need to meet the new password requirements.
  • If your current password does not meet the new requirements, you will be asked to change it when you next make any changes to your account e.g. change your address or email etc.


How to create a strong password

  • Use a minimum of 10 characters
  • Avoid predictable passwords e.g. pets and family names
  • Don’t use the same password for all your accounts e.g. online banking, email etc.
  • Combine 3 random words to create a single password e.g. bluedolphinclock


When will this come into force?

15th August 2022


If you need any further help please contact the library https://www.knowledge-nw.nhs.uk/contact-us



National Cyber Security Centre. (2018). Cyber Security: Small Business Guide. Step 4. [Online]. The National Cyber Security Centre. Last Updated: 8 October 2020. Available at: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/collection/small-business-guide [Accessed 4 August 2022].

National Cyber Security Centre. (2020). Using passwords to protect your devices & data. [Online]. National Cyber Security Centre. Available at: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/files/Using%20passwords%20to%20protect%20your%20devices%20and%20data%20infographic..pdf. [Accessed 4 August 2022]



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