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General Password Tips

Strong passwords are extremely important in the security battles that every network faces. Hackers are always looking for ways to gain access to computers and networks by figuring out “or cracking” the passwords to user accounts. The easier the password is to guess or crack the easier it is for a hacker to breach our security. The results of this could range anywhere from unauthorized access to confidential student or employee data to deleting files on your computer and crashing mission critical servers.

A well-chosen password is crucial in protecting your account and Delhi’s network from abuse, accidental damage or even malicious attack from hackers. Please take the password requirement seriously. None of us likes having to invent and memorize passwords, but, like locks on your door, passwords are a "necessary evil."

Passwords Should...

  • Be at least eight characters long. (The most secure passwords are 7 or 14 characters long.)
  • Contain characters from three groups: Letters, Numerals and Symbols .
  • Have at least one symbol in the second through sixth positions.

Passwords Should NOT...

  • Contain personal information such as your name, username, a child's name, or date of birth
  • A prior password
  • Be a word found in the dictionary
  • Be repeated characters ("aaabbbccc"), keyboard or alphabetic sequences ("qwerty", "abcdef"), or acronyms

To protect your password... 

  • Never write down your password
  • Never share your password with anyone
  • Never use your network logon password for another purpose
  • Change your password every 60 -90 days or immediately if you think it has been compromised.

Note: We store passwords in such a way that we can't recover them for you if you forget them, we can only change them.

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