Selecting a Strong Password
Choosing your password is an important step in securing access to your private information and files. The best passwords do 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 06 & now She does not! = MldThfi06&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.
Protect your password or your accounts will be compromised. Remember to:
- Never tell your password to anyone else.
- Never write a password down where it could be read by others.
If you forget your password:
- If you have setup your security questions in the TTU Self-Service Password Portal, you can reset your own password there.
- If you have not setup your security questions, call the myTECH Helpdesk at 931-372-3975 or go to Clement Hall room 216.
- Monday-Thursday: 8am - 8pm
- Friday: 8am - 4:30pm
- Sunday: 4pm - 8pm
Portions of this page adapted from: http://www.sans.org/top20/#threats