As more and more information goes online, passwords become more and more important. We keep financial records, photographs, office records, and other important documents all online.
Here are five rules for practicing good password security.
- Don't share your passwords. If your supervisor tells you that you're required to share your office passwords, point them to the following university policies: Electronic Privacy and Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources.
- Use strong passwords. Follow Ten Tips for Stronger Passwords.
- Change your password once in awhile.
- Don't use the same password on different systems.
- If you have to share your password (for example, to troubleshoot a problem) or you have to access something on an insecure system, change your password afterward.