User IDs and Passwords

Your user ID is your identification, and it’s what links you to your actions on the system.  Your password authenticates your user ID.  Protect your ID and password.  Remember, generally, you are responsible for actions taken with your ID and password.

Follow these best practices:

  • Your password should be changed periodically.
  • Don’t reuse your previous passwords.
  • Don’t use the same password for each of your accounts.
  • NEVER tell or share your password with anyone.
  • When your computer prompts you to save your password, always click “No.”
  • Never use a word found in a dictionary (English or foregin).
  • If you think your password has been compromised, change it immediately.
  • Make your password as long as possible – eight or more characters.
  • When possible, use a mix of numbers, letters and special characters.
  • If you have difficulty thinking of a password that you can remember, try using the first letter of each word in a phrase, song, quote or sentence.  For example “The big Red fox jumped over the Fence to get the hen?” becomes TbRfjotF2gth?


Cyber Security Tips are provided by Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC),