Stave off hackers with strong passwords

Attackers want to gain access to your NetID and password to hack campus systems, such as MyUW, Human Resource System or the campus accounting system; to distribute spam via the UW email system; or to submit fraudulent documents. To prevent that, DoIT says your password should: contain at least eight alphanumeric characters (preferably 12); contain at least three of the following categories — upper-case letters, lower-case letters, numbers and special characters; and NOT contain a common proper name, login ID, email address, initials, your first/middle/last name. Remember to change your passwords at least twice a year.

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