Using strong passwords is one of the most important steps users can take in keeping themselves secure while using computers and the Internet. While Stevens maintains best practices concerning requirements for user passwords on institutional systems and networks, we also strongly suggest that users go further in using strong password practices.

Specifically, we recommend the following:

  • Use passwords that are at least 8 characters, with 12 or more suggested
  • Use passwords that contain upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters
  • Never use passwords that can be easily guessed or that are easy to intuit by someone who knows general things about you
  • Change passwords on all systems and accounts regularly; Stevens forces password changes based on best practices, but also suggests users change them more frequently as needed
  • Never write passwords down
  • Never share passwords with others or allow them to access your accounts
  • Ensure that you use passwords on all your devices including smartphones.