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Are you secure? Computer passwords help protect your personal information. So whether you are creating a password for access to your personal computer, email account, or banking information, practicing strong password security is crucial for every computing occasion.

Keep your system secure by following these ten password guidelines:

Do

  • Create a password with 10-20 characters. The lengthier the password, the more secure it is.
  • Create a unique phrase, acronym, or combination of words to make the password easier to remember.
  • Use a random combination of characters, consisting of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and keyboard (%,@,#,^) and punctuation symbols (,.?;!).
  • Create a password that can be typed quickly to reduce the chances of others peeking over your shoulder.
  • Change your password every 30 days or so.

Do Not

  • Do not use any personal information, such as your phone number, birthday, the names of spouses, children, significant others, pets, or anything an acquaintance or internet hacker could guess or easily find out.
  • Do not use sequential numbers or repeat any character more than once consecutively.
  • Do not recycle passwords or simply make minor modifications to an old password by adding, subtracting, or switching characters.
  • Do not write down your password. Instead, make a mental note, and log in and log out several times during the first day to adequately memorize your password.
  • Do not use common phrases; words circulating in the news; titles of books, movies, poems, or songs; words found in any reference book, including all things foreign; or the like.

Following these password guidelines could be just the precaution that keeps your system from being compromised.

For any questions about information security concerns, please contact Information Security. http://cio.missouristate.edu/ISO/

 


For questions or comments, contact the Computer Services Help Desk
HelpDesk@MissouriState.edu
417-836-5891