Technology Security Tips: Passwords

Passwords are your first line of defense. Even the best encryption sometimes cannot protect you against attacks if you've chosen a password that is easy to guess or crack.

Use these password TIPs to help provide increased security to your computer accounts. 

  1. Use a mnemonic, such as the first letter of a song verse or a phrase, while adding in numbers, symbols ($,%,*), and UPPER/lower case letters to help you remember that complicated password you just created. An example of a password could be "H1t@b1t?" as a result of the Pink Floyd lyric "Hello is there anybody in there". Here the letter "i" becomes a number 1, the letter "t" could be the letter or the plus "+" sign, the letter "a" becomes the @ sign and a punctuation symbol added to the end.
  2. If it’s in any dictionary – it's a bad password: don't use it!
  3. Never use names as a password.
  4. Select a password that is a minimum of eight characters (preferably more) in length.
  5. Change your password often!
  6. Never write down a password and never share accounts.
  7. Commit your password to memory.
  8. Never use default passwords.
  9. Do not give your password to anyone!
  10. Never share or grant access to your account to anyone.
  11. Never use your JCCC ID or password for non-JCCC systems.
  12. Avoid choosing the "save my password / remember my password" option in Internet browsers and desktop applications like Microsoft Outlook.

Phishing - Verification of Passwords by Email

If you ever receive an email asking for your username and password, delete the message.

Information Services and legitimate companies would never ask for your username in combination with your password, especially in the form of an email.

Please be aware that these messages are a form of phishing, which appear to come from a legitimate source but do not.

Never provide usernames, passwords, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers or other sensitive information via email.

Just Say No

If your Web browser offers to save your password, always click No.

Check the strength of your password.