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Tech Tip: Password Security

Posted on Jan 31, 2012
Password Security

For this month Technology Services would like to highlight password security.  We will have a display up near the elevators on the first floor of Swenson Hall.  Here are some quick tips about passwords to help you keep your accounts safe:

The UW-Superior password security policy requires that your password meets the following criteria:

  • It must contain at least 7 characters.
  • It must have at least one upper case letter
  • It must have at least one lower case letter
  • It must contain at least one number

These additional tips will help increase the strength of your password for your UW-superior account, or any other account:

  • Don't use any part of your username, full name, address, birth date, and so on. This data may be readily available to those wishing to do harm.
  • Don't use English or even words from another language.
  • Use different kinds of characters in your password such as #@!&.
  • Change passwords often (every month to six weeks).
  • Don't write your passwords on a sticky note and post it on your monitor/computer/desk.
  • Use Passwords for your mobile devices like iPads and smart phones.
  • Use a different password for each log-in account you have.  One for the bank, one for school, one for work, one for facebook, etc...
  • Don't give your password to others

If you have any questions about this Tech Tip or any other Campus Technology issue please contact the Technology Helpdesk.

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News Contact: Joe Kmiech | 715-394-8300 | jkmiech{atuws}
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