- should never be written down
- should not be shared with anyone (apart from your parents)
- should be changed once a year
SSIS passwords must meet the following guidelines:
- be a mix of numbers and letters
- 8-14 characters long
- does not contain any spaces
SSIS passwords are case sensistive, so Password ≠ password.
Strong passwords are important protections to help you have safer online transactions.
Keys to password strength: length and complexity
An ideal password is long and has letters, punctuation, symbols, and numbers.
- Whenever possible, use at least 14 characters or more.
- The greater the variety of characters in your password, the better.
- Use the entire keyboard, not just the letters and characters you use or see most often.
Create a strong password you can remember
There are many ways to create a long, complex password. Here is one way that may make remembering it easier:
|What to do||Suggestion||Example|
|Start with a sentence or two (about 10 words total).||Think of something meaningful to you.||Long and complex passwords are safest. I keep mine secret. (10 words)|
|Turn your sentences into a row of letters.||Use the first letter of each word.||lacpasikms (10 characters)|
|Add complexity.||Make only the letters in the first half of the alphabet uppercase.||lACpAsIKMs (10 characters)|
|Add length with numbers.||Put two numbers that are meaningful to you between the two sentences.||lACpAs56IKMs (12 characters)|
|Add length with punctuation.||Put a punctuation mark at the beginning.||?lACpAs56IKMs (13 characters)|
|Add length with symbols.||Put a symbol at the end.||?lACpAs56IKMs” (14 characters)|
Tips on Changing and Remembering Passwords
Your passwords protect your accounts, files, and email, and, by extension, the university’s computer system. Do not tell anyone else what your password is. When selecting a password, choose one that you will remember, but do not use obvious ones that others can easily figure out like your name, address, or your pets’ names.
One of the most important parts of an account is the password; your accounts (including the local accounts on your machine) must be secure. Remember, your system, no matter how inconspicuous, is part of a vast public network. Your machine can be compromised even when you are present, so shutting it off when you are out of the office is insufficient protection. This is akin to working in your basement with your front door left open.
- Your password should be at least six characters long
- Alternate using upper and lower case letters.
- Substitute numbers and/or symbols (!, @, #, etc.) for letters
- DO NOT use simple dictionary words, names of pets, or personal data easily obtained about you (names of pets, street address); this applies to words both forward AND backward.
- DO NOT use only one number (such as placing the number one on the end of a word); this is common and easily guessed.
- DO NOT leave a written copy of your password anywhere near your computer.
There are programs that test dictionary words (backwards and forwards), names, and typical number combinations and will crack easy passwords in mere moments.
Examples of passwords:
helpdesk or helpdesk1
h31PdezK or H3!|*De5k
Remembering Your Password
There are also several good ways to remember your password and to work numbers into them. One is to use mnemonics - mental tricks to help you remember important things. For example, the sentence “I Love My Three Very Smart German Shepherds” becomes ilm3vsgs. Or “I Go To Bed At 11 PM” becomes ig2ba11pm. Or “I Am Too Smart For My Own Good” becomes ia2s4mog.
You can also work numbers into your password by substituting them for letters or words: the letter O becomes the number zero, B becomes 8, for becomes 4, E becomes 3, etc. The key is to choose something that will be easy for you to remember and hard for anyone else to figure out.
If you write your password down or a hint to remind you what it is (such as “Ben & Jerry’s” if your password is il2ebjic - “I love to eat Ben & Jerry’s ice cream”), be sure to keep it in a very secure place. If you lose it, change your password immediately.
What to Do if You Forget Your Password(s)
Technicians in the ICT office can assist you in resetting your password. For security purposes, you must come to the office and present your Student ID card to the person assisting you before the password can be changed. Passwords cannot be changed over the phone.
The Moodle password can be reset if you go to the lost password link on the moodle page. Enter in your user name and your email address. Within a few minutes, you will receive an email from the Moodle Administrator account containing a link to follow to reset your password.