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Safe Computing

Password Protection

Password protection is one of the simplest and most effective steps in practicing good computer security. Guard yourself and your computer by following some basic guidelines:

  1. Never share your password. Write it down and keep it in a safe place not easily accessible by anyone.
  2. Never use a single word as your password, i.e., your street or dog’s name. These are very easy to guess, even when numbers are added.
  3. Always use mixed characters like upper and lower case letters and numbers or symbols. A good example: Washth3dog!
  4. Always use a passphrase instead of a password. These are easy to remember and contain more characters making them more difficult to guess. A good example: V1vaLasV3gas!
  5. Always change your passphrase regularly. In the event someone does obtain access to your password, access will be cut short once you reset it.