Change Passwords to Keep Your Information Private!
The first rule of good passwording is to "avoid the obvious!" All the technical efforts in the world will be useless if your password is easily guessed, is a word in the dictionary, or can be read off a sticky note on the side of your monitor! Don't use your kids names, pets, or your favorite Seahawks player (especially if you have a poster of Matt Hasselbeck on your wall!)
A second rule is to use a password that you can easily commit to memory (so you don't have to write it down), but also one that is as long and as complex as possible. A good strategy is to use a passphrase rather than a password. Passphrases are generated from a phrase that you have committed to memory. For example, taking the first letter of each word plus punctuation from the scripture in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." would yield the passphrase: FGsltwthghoaoS,twbihsnpbhel.3:16. Nice passphrase! Long, complex, and easy to remember (as long as you've memorized that portion of scripture)!
In short, we recommend the following:
To change your password:
- Avoid the obvious and use a passphrase committed to memory;
- A minimum length of 8 characters is essential, but the longer the better;
- Be sure to include special characters with a mix of numbers and upper and lower case letters;
- Don't use the same password for multiple systems/credentials;
- Change your passwords at least once a year;
- (And don't use John 3:16 as your passphrase :)).
- Sign on to your SPU provided computer
- Press 'ctrl+alt+delete' on the keyboard. This will bring up a number of tasks you can perfom on your computer.
- Click Change Password'
- You will be asked to enter your old password as well as a the new password you would like to use. Once you click 'OK' your password will be changed for all campus resources using the SPU Username such as Blackboard and Webmail
Wired vs. Wireless @ SPU
Wireless internet access is available in most areas of campus. If you would like to connect your computer to the SPU-Wireless network please see our instructions available here: http://www.spu.edu/cishelpdesk/network/wireless/
While wireless is a great convenience for checking email or browsing the web, it is not a high capacity connection like a wired Ethernet jack. If you plan on downloading large files, computer updates or watching streaming video you should plug into the wired connection. Wireless connections are very susceptible to interference – microwaves and cordless phones operate on the same frequency and can cause your connection to drop very briefly when they are in use. Using a wired connection when possible will avoid these potential problems and ensure your internet speeds are up to their full potential. Wired ethernet jacks are available in most faculty/staff offices, student residences and the SPU Library. [link]