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Password protection Best Practice

Never share your password.

  1. Do not write it down.
  2. Do not share it with anyone.
  3. Do not use the "remember my password" feature without considering the value of the data the password protects.
  4. Do use a password that is strong and also easy to remember, so you don't have to write it down.

Use strong passwords.

It is important that users construct a strong password in order to protect their computer account and data. UW-Whitewater has established minimum guidelines for password construction and use which include:

  1. The password length should be at least 6 characters - the more characters, the stronger the password is.
  2. The password should contain both alpha and numeric characters.
  3. The use of symbols is encouraged.
  4. DON'T use any variation (i.e., reversed, capitalized, doubled, etc.) of your login name, your name, or the name of a relative or friend.
  5. DON'T use other easily obtained information about yourself, such as license plate numbers, phone numbers, social security numbers, the make of your automobile, the name of the street you live on, the room number or building in which you work, etc.
  6. DON'T use a word contained in English or foreign language dictionaries, spelling lists or commonly digitized texts such as the Bible or an encyclopedia.
A good idea is to think of a memorable phrase and then change it around. A good example would be:

Although, please do not use the example – come up with your own!