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Choosing a good password
The most important security mechanism for your account is your
password. The computer uses your password to verify your
- Don't tell anyone else your password.
- Don't write it down if you can avoid it.
Either pick a password that you are sure you can
remember, or write it down in some location where no one would
suspect it is a password---i.e., nowhere near a computer.
- For security, a good password should not be a proper name,
or a word that is in the dictionary, or anything else that
someone else might be able to guess.
- Words containing capital letters or special characters or digits
are good choices. Passwords must be 6--8 characters long.
- One strategy for passwords that are both hard to guess and easy to
remember: think of a memorable phrase or sentence, and then make an
acronym from it. For example, the phrase ``A bird in the hand is
worth two in the bush'' produces the acronym "
which should be pretty hard to guess.
Once you have selected your account name and password, ask the
User Consultant to create your account. You must come to Speare
Hall, go downstairs to the help desk and see the User Consultant
(UC) on duty. Follow the UC's directions to obtain your account.
Next: Logging in
See also: What is a TCC account?
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Last updated: 1999/01/09 20:21:15 UT