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Password Security

Create a Strong Password

The first step in keeping your password secure is to create a good one. For details, see the Password Policy page.

In general, using a mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols will give you a stronger password. Make a longer but still memorable password by combining words or phrases only you know.

For ideas on creating stronger passwords, see these articles:

or this video.

Keep Your Password Secure

After you've created a strong password, continue with the suggestions below to keep it safe:

  • Never share your password with anyone.
  • Never save your password if prompted by your browser or any other programs.
  • Change your password every year. As stated in the Password Policy, passwords will automatically expire after 365 days and must be changed. All users will be notified well in advance of their password expiring so that they may reset them without interruption in access to the Colleges’ network. All community members can manage their password at http://password.hws.edu. For instructions, see the Instructions page.
  • Never send your password in e-mail, even if the request looks official; such requests are most likely phishing attempts.

Change Your Password Yearly

Many articles regarding password security cite studies which show that changing your password every 30, 60 or 90 days does not offer the return on the investment of time and resources for most accounts. However, with all the phishing scams out there, often a person doesn’t realize they’ve been compromised until much later. Hackers don’t always act right away on utilizing information they take from these efforts. Changing your password every 365 days or once a year helps to minimize the scale at which these hackers can compromise an individual’s resources, which in many cases are also institutional resources.

As stated in the Password Policy, passwords will automatically expire after 365 days and must be changed. All users will be notified well in advance of their password expiring so that they may reset them without interruption in access to the Colleges’ network. All community members can manage their password at http://password.hws.edu. For instructions, see the Instructions page.

Some information supplied courtesy of Baylor University.