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Advice Tips and advice on how to create strong passwords for your Accountsaccounts.

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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 word 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 the number one for the letter I or L, or a 3 the number three for the letter E.

Example: My little dog Trixie had fleas in 06 & now She does not! = MldThfi06&nSdn!

A good password should:

  1. NOT contain all or part of your username, social security number, or birth date, Tennessee Tech, TTU, or any derivative.
  2. Be at least 8 characters in length and over 14 15 characters long if you have something important to protect.
  3. Contain characters from:
    1. English uppercase characters (A through -Z)
    2. English lowercase characters (a through -z)
    3. Numeric characters (0 through -9)
    4. 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
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  • Never write a password down where it could be read by others.

If you forget have forgotten 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 You can reset your own password with IDME by clicking Forgot Password?, entering your username, and selecting 3 Challenge Answers. You can alternatively choose to reset with an OTP.
  • ...and have not registered with IDME, contact the myTECH Helpdesk at 931-372-3975 or visit the myTECH location them on the main floor of the Volpe Library.

Portions of this page adapted from: http://www.sans.org/top20/#threats

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