Keeping data safe

Data is important to keep secure. How can you help with keeping your data safe?

Password

When creating a strong password or passphrase, consider the following to make it both secure and easy to remember.
A strong password must contain at least 8 characters and have 3 of the 4 of the following criteria:
Upper case letter
Lower case letter
Number
Special character (*&%$)

Avoid common phrases, lyrics, or quotations; these can be easy for a hacker to guess. However, you can create an acronym from the letters of the words in a phrase or quotation that is memorable to you (ex: Could become)

Sometimes bad guys try to get the data through spam or phishing

If you are unsure if an email is legitimate, ask yourself these questions before replying or clicking on a link. Always keep in mind that University administrators and the Office of IT will never request your User Name or password by email.