Choosing a Good Password

Your password is what tells the computer that you are who you say you are. Until we can do retina scans like in James Bond movies, the password is the best that we can do. But, because your password is like a key to your account, you need to safeguard it. Anyone who has your password can get into your account, and your files. Anyone who can guess your password has it. Anyone who has your password can pose as you. Therefore, you may be held responsible for someone else's actions, if they are able to get your password. You may not wish this to happen.

Tips on safeguarding your password

We run sophisticated password crackers on the password files of our machines. If we guess your password, you will have to come see a staffer to have it changed. These are the same crackers that the bad guys have access to, so if you have a weak password, it's better if we find out about it first.

How Not to Choose a Password

Here are some of the types of passwords that will be picked up by our crackers:

How to Choose a Good Password

I know that coming up with a good password can be difficult, so here are some guidelines to use.

Last updated: June 1999 Thursday, 03-Oct-2002 15:30:42 EDT
Authors: Joe Sanjour, Andrew Arensburger, Anne Brink.