Information Security



Create and Use Strong Passwords

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:

h0t5ummerd4y (hot summer day)

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

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.

Lost/Forgotten Passwords

If you have lost or forgotten you Net-ID password, then go to the Net-ID Password Change Self Service Page and click on the “Forgot your password?” link at the bottom of the page to create a new password. If this does not work, please contact the Technology Support Center Helpdesk at 472-4357.