Passwords - Choose a long and strong password phrase
As the new Banner system starts to be implemented across campus, the need for STRONG passwords and computer security becomes even more critical. Choosing your password is an important step in securing access to the private information that many faculty and staff need to handle on a daily basis. You should NOT use words found in a dictionary or proper names because these are easily cracked by automated programs that rely on the patterns found in words.
Instead, think of a phrase you find memorable which includes one or more numbers and just use the first letter of each word and the number. In addition to one or more numbers be sure to include special characters, such as #, &, or %. Make some of the letters capitals to make the password even better. Another way to include numbers is to use a zero for the letter O, a one for the letter I or L, or a 3 for the letter E.
Example: My little dog Trixie had fleas in 08 & now She does not! = MldThfi08&nSdn!
A good password should:
- NOT contain all or part of your username, social security number, or birth date.
- Be at least 8 characters in length and over 14 characters long if you have something important to protect.
- Contain characters from:
- English uppercase characters (A through Z)
- English lowercase characters (a through z)
- Numeric characters (0 through 9)
- Special characters on your keyboard, such as %, #, or !, etc.
If you need to write down a password, NEVER tape it to your machine. Keep it in a locked location away from the machine.
Macintosh users may wish to use a built in feature to help you gauge the strength of your password. In Macintosh OS X:
- Go to System Preferences
- Click on the Accounts pane
- Click the Change Password button
- In the dialog box that appears click the key icon to bring up the Password Assistant.
- Choose the type of password from the pop-up menu.
- Choose the length of the password on the slider and a suggested password will be provided.
- If you set the type to Manual,you can also enter a password of your own choosing and it will give you an indication of how secure it thinks it is. See example below.
Protect your password or your accounts will be compromised. Remember to never tell your password to anyone else and never write a password down where it could be read by others. If you take some time to come up with a memorable phrase, you should not need to write it down.
About TTU Domain Passwords and Banner
Banner passwords for Self Service Banner and Internet Native Banner are different than the TTU Domain Account password. View more information about Banner logins.
Internet Native Banner requires several different programs working together in order to function properly. The primary components include a network connection, a Web Browser (Internet Explorer is recommended), and Java. Any other program that causes a change in any of these can cause Internet Native Banner to stop working. Some third party software that is installed by the user can cause problems with Banner, and may compromise the stability and integrity of the computer. Examples of software that have been found to cause a problem with Banner at some schools include, but are not limited to:
- Toolbars (Google Toolbar, Yahoo Toolbar, Hotbar, Dashbar)
- Screensavers and Photo Programs (Webshots, Holiday Screensavers, theme based screensavers)
- Web based games (word games, numbers games, puzzles, card games)
- Utility programs (Google Desktop, coupon/shopper programs, alert type programs)
- Weather Programs (Weatherbug, Weather Panel)
- Messaging Programs (Yahoo Messenger, AIM, Trillion, MySpace IM)
A computer virus is a malicious computer program which replicates and is intent on causing harm to an infected computer or to a network. It may arrive in an email attachment or through shared files or through other flaws discovered by hackers in the programs running on your computer.
Spyware is software that is installed on your computer by programs, sometimes without your knowledge, that may pass on information about you and your system to the spyware company. It may be installed by visiting certain web sites, or you may agree to it as part of a licensing agreement when you download an often "free" program. It may also add unwanted features that are hard to remove. Other programs are considered Malware because they cause system instability and may lead to crashes or other difficulties with your computer.
In order to protect against spyware or malware, home or student users could install Windows Defender. This is available at the Microsoft Windows Defender web site. However, please note that this may conflict with some antivirus programs including Symantec Antivirus, so you may wish to check that out before installing.
Phishing and Spam Emails
Several Information Technology Services policies are in place that relate to security. In order to connect a computer to the campus network, a computer must meet certain standards. Please refer to these policies.