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Security Awareness


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Protect Your EID Passwords

Taking responsibility for securing your EID password is your first rule in protecting your university accounts.

Information Technology Services (ITS) takes the responsibility of protecting electronic accounts and records very seriously, but you play an important part in your own security. By taking personal responsibility for protecting your EID password, you keep your university accounts yours—and yours alone. Here are the basic rules:

  • NEVER GIVE YOUR EID PASSWORD TO ANYONE ELSE. This includes friends, family members or someone who has offered to help you fix a computer problem.
  • If someone else uses your EID password to make purchases, you are responsible for those charges.
  • You will also be held responsible for any illegal or destructive activity done by someone using your EID and password. This includes illegal downloading or sending spam.
  • If you suspect someone may have discovered, guessed or stolen your password, change it immediately and inform the Information Security Office (ISO).

When you protect your own account, you also help protect the accounts of everyone using university computing resources. Keeping your EID password private also keeps the network safe from hackers, viruses, spam, worms and other malicious threats.