Security Awareness

Information Security Awareness: Will Your Password Be Unbroken?


Passwords are an important part of our digital lives. There are many steps users can take to protect their online accounts and mobile devices with strong passwords or passphrases. Here are some ideas to get you started.


  • Remember the first rule for passwords: Never share your passwords, passphrases, or PINs with anyone!
  • Create easily remembered passphrases that are 8 characters or more, combining multiple words and mixing in upper/lower case letters, numbers & symbols.
  • Change your passwords or passphrases frequently and don’t use the same password for multiple sites!
  • Do not use your WCUid password for any other sites!
  • Use something to securely store and manage all of your online passwords, like an encrypted (password-protected) spreadsheet. Then you only need to remember one password, the one that opens the spreadsheet.
  • If an account or password is suspected to have been compromised, report the incident to IT Help Desk (x7487) where a record of the incident can be created and tracked, and change all accounts using that same password.
  • WCUid passwords are covered by: IT 9.3a Password Policy

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