Information to which you have access as a Vassar employee may be sensitive or confidential in nature. If someone were to gain access to this information, it could be used unethically or illegally in your name. Your password is personal and private information -- it is not to be shared and doing so violates Vassar's regulations on acceptable use of information resources.As easy as it is to use “changeme” or “password” or your name, you are taking a huge security risk by using passwords that are easy to hack. There is an art to choosing a good password. While a good password may take longer to remember, it’s worth the effort to protect your desktop and the entire network. Passwords are an integral part of overall security. A weak password is one of the vulnerabilities most frequently targeted by a hacker.
Your password must be 6-32 characters containing:
The most secure passwords are long strings of characters of 16 characters or more. Unfortunately, there are not many websites that allow such long character strings but if they do, please take advantage. Imagine a password like this "Mydogistheonly14me". It would be easy for your to remember and nearly impossible to crack.
Use a word or phrase with meaning for you (so that it will be easy to remember), but mix it up by adding in symbols or numbers to increase the security of the password.
From a childhood verse:
Verse Line: Yankee Doodle went to town
Expressions inspired by the name of a city:
City Expression: I love Paris in the springtime
Note: Single words with simple substitutions are easy to crack (hackers know how to replace an "S" with "$"). So if you choose a meaningful word, don't simply substitute a few characters.
@rtWork$ - (artworks) is bad, @rt294Work$ is better.
D1ngding -(dingding) is bad, D1ng!ding% is better.
m@11_rat -(mall rat) is bad, m@11*4rat is better.
p@rl3zV0u$ -(parlez-vous) is bad, p@rl3zVU#8 is better.