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Creating a Good Password

 Poor, weak passwords are easily cracked, and they can put an entire system at risk. Hackers are very good at gaining access through easy-to-guess passwords.

Keep your passwords easy to remember but difficult to guess by using letters and numbers, a mix of lower case and caps, as well as a different character.

Passwords should not be based on well-known or easily accessible personal information. These are examples of what would be a bad password: dictionary word with a digit at the end and/or beginning (falcon8), your pet, child, or spouse's name or any part of your login.

A password should be at least 8 characters long, but if you don’t want to use different characters then your password should be much longer in order to make it stronger.

Your password should not be words in any ‘language’, slang, dialect, jargon, etc.

The following guidelines are appropriate for all electronic passwords, not just your UWG password.

Try to create a password from a sentence you can remember:

(Y)ou (s)hould (b)e (t)eaching (a) six (y)ear (o)ld two (R)espect & (H)elp Password = Ysbta6yo2R&H

The above example of how to form a good password incorporates all of the password guidelines. The longer the sentence, the more complex your password will be. You might choose a sentence from a favorite book or film.

*You should never share your password with anyone.

Please do not use the above example as your password!! Call the IT Service Desk at 678-839-6587 if you have any issues with your password.

For instructions on how to change your own password-using Horde, check out this Camtasia tutorial: http://www.westga.edu/~its/tutorials/password/.