- Password Security
CHANGE PASSWORDS OFTEN
Exchange Accounts (Faculty & Staff):
- Navigate to http://exchange.tu.edu and sign in with your email user name and password.
- Click on options in the upper right hand corner.
- Click on Change Password on the left hand side.
- Click on Save (under the Find Someone search box)
- If you use Outlook Desktop, a smart phone or tablet with your @tu.edu email, you'll be prompted for your password next time you sign in.
Google Apps for Education Accounts (Students):
- Navigate to http://webmail.tu.edu and sign in with your email user name and password.
- Click on the gear in the upper right hand corner.
- Click on the Accounts tab and follow the directions under Change account settings > Security to change your password.
- If you use a smart phone or tablet with your @tu.edu email, you'll be prompted for your password next time you sign in.
USE STRONG PASSWORDS
This means different things to different experts and, it changes over time. What was once a strong password is now considered to be a weak password and that’s because the tools used to hack an account get stronger over time. Webroot offers several strategies that can help you create strong passwords. You can use a strong password generator like the one Norton offers.
If you are trying to memorize facts or poetry or even Bible verses, double the return on your memory work by using it to serve as a personal strong password generator. Switch some of the characters, maybe use an exclamation point instead of an I, for added security.
- Fact: The vagus nerve is known as the tenth cranial nerve or CNX!
- Strong password: tVNikat10thCN@CnX!
- Poetry: I think that I shall never a see a poem as lovely as a tree. Joyce Kilmer
- Strong password: 1tt1SNaCapALAAt>jk
- Bible verse: In the beginning G-d created the heaven and earth. Genesis 1:1
- Strong password: !tBG-Dc8dtHAEgenOO
Need help remembering your cryptography? Try a password manager.
USE A PASSWORD MANAGER
There are many options, some free, some fee-based. Ask friends, Google “password manager” and compare features. Using a password manager may feel like a “putting all your eggs in one basket” risk. Compare that risk to the risk of using weak passwords that can be hacked or to the risk of reusing passwords so that one hacked account equates to many hacked accounts. If you’re interested in researching options, start with this PC Magazine review.
KNOW YOUR ACCOUNTS
Whether you do one or all of the above, you may still be vulnerable if you don’t keep watch on ALL of your accounts. There’s no single solution that provides a complete list of all of your online accounts, but there are a couple of things you can do that will help you compile a list.
- Since most online accounts require a valid email account, go into each email account that you have and search on “password”, “account”, “welcome”.
- If you typically use the same user id on accounts, Google that account name. You may be surprised what you find!
- Close or delete anything you find to be too revealing.
- Change your password often.
- Keep your password to yourself.
- Jump in and take responsibility for your cyber security.
- Allow your browser to save your passwords. Clear them out if you have in the past.
- Use the same password on multiple accounts.
- Keep your passwords under your keyboard.
- Use common passwords.
- Assume someone else is going to protect your usernames and passwords.
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