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Password Responsibilities And Precautions

  1. The owner of a username is responsible for all actions performed by that username, so it is important to keep your password secure. Never tell anyone else your password. (This includes coworkers, family members, Helpdesk employees, and the like.) If you think you have a problem that can only be solved by sharing your password with someone else (vacation, joint projects, supervisor access, etc.), contact the Helpdesk. We will work out an alternate solution for your particular department and circumstance. If anyone but the owner of a username is found logged in to that username, access to it will be immediately terminated.
  2. Don't write your password down. Memorize it. Use combinations of letters and digits that you will remember, but don't choose passwords that are easy to relate to you, such as your name, phone number, car license plate number or model, birth date, anniversary date, favorite sports or hobbies, names of family members or pets, or pieces of these combined in various ways.
  3. Don't use the same password for other computer or software systems, especially web accounts. Other systems may not store passwords as securely and someone discovering your password on any one of the systems compromises all of them.
  4. Don't be tricked into revealing your password. The only time you ever need to type your password is when logging in or changing it. If any person or program ever asks for your password, don't give it and report the incident to Information Technology.
  5. If you think someone else has discovered your password, change it immediately. If you need assistance contact the Helpdesk.
  6. Log out or lock the computer when you are not using it. If you leave your desk with the computer logged in, someone else may access and possibly misuse your files, your accounts, and systems to which you have access.
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Last modified: Mar 26, 2013, 09:43 EDT
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