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Choosing & Changing Your NSID Password

At the U of S your NSID is your primary username. When choosing your NSID password it will need to comply with certain rules.

You are responsible for any activity that originates from your NSID account and since passwords can be guessed or deciphered by hackers it is important that you change the password for your account from time-to-time.

Choosing Your Password

The general guidelines below offer helpful ideas for selecting a password that is both strong and easy for you to remember.

  1. Do not use words in the dictionary for any language.

    Hackers can run automated programs that try every word in the dictionary. For similar reasons, do not choose a word written backwards.

  2. The longer the password is, the better. Passwords should never be shorter than six characters.

    Strong passwords should be long enough to make it difficult to watch you typing it or to use brute force methods to crack it.

  3. Choose a password that you’re comfortable with and is easy to remember.

    Do not choose a word based on your name (first, middle or last), your username, the name of any friends or family, or associated with anything personal that is easily obtained. For example, do not use:

    • The make or model of your vehicle
    • Names of pets
    • Your student number
    • Your phone number
    • Birthdays
    • Your social insurance number
    • Your hobby

  4. Do not use a password you’ve used previously.

    If you have multiple services then use different passwords. If you use the same password for a number of services (e.g. Internet banking, e-mail, phone bill, desktop login, etc.), you increase exposure and likelihood of your password being discovered.

  5. Use a mixture of upper and lower case characters, numbers and symbols.

    Using mixed case characters in a password makes it even harder to guess. Passwords are usually case sensitive, so even if someone guesses the right password, they might not guess which letter you capitalized. Substitute some characters with numbers or special characters.

  6. Keep your password a secret.

    Never tell anyone your password or write it down.

Changing Your Passwords

Changing your NSID password changes your password for access to many services, including:

  • PAWS
  • Lab Accounts
  • Blogs
  • File Storage
  • Individual Webpage Hosting
  • Email
  • Blackboard

Change your NSID password in PAWS

1. Login to PAWS.

2. Click on your name at the top right of your homepage.

3. In the drop-down list select the My Profile link.

select My Profile link under your name

4. You will be redirected to My Profile page.

5. Click the Edit link to for the Password Category

click edit for password section

6. You will be redirect to the below page in My Profile:

type in new information

7. Type your current password in the current password field

8. Type your new password in the new password field

9. Re-type your new password in the confirm new password field

10. Once the password strength and rules are met, click the Save Changes button

Please note a digital certified email will be sent after your password is changed successfully.

Change your NSID password in My Profile

1. Log in to MyProfile using your current NSID username and password.

2. Select Edit for the Password section.

3. Type in your current password in the current password field

4. Type in your new password in the new password field

5. Retype your new password in the confirm new password field

6. Once the password strength and rules are met, click the save changes button

Please note a digital certified email will be sent after your password is changed successfully.

Password Security

Your NSID and password grant you access to many services including PAWS, e-mail and the wireless network.

The university’s IT systems contain valuable personal and institutional data. In addition, university IT resources are an attractive target for attackers looking to carry out malicious or illegal activities. The university’s high-speed network connections and substantial computing and storage capacity can be abused to:

  • Send large batches of unsolicited e-mail (commonly referred to as "spam").
  • Illegally distribute pirated software and pornography.
  • Carry out identity theft and share stolen identities.
  • Run software to "crack" passwords.
  • Attack or disrupt computer and network operations here and at other sites (often referred to as “denial of service” attacks).

These activities most often occur with attackers posing as legitimate users, having somehow obtained their NSID and password. Protecting you, university data and university IT resources from abuse are the primary goals of password security. The password guidelines provide information on the reasoning and methods for selecting strong passwords. They describe procedures that ICT has instituted to help you protect your computer account from unauthorized use and suggested good practices.

For information on creating a good password, read the password guidelines on the Choosing Your Password tab. If an account or password is suspected to have been compromised, report the incident to the ICT Service Desk.

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