User accounts and passwords help ensure that only authorized people can access information, data and software stored on your computer. Creating a strong password and keeping it secure is your primary method to prevent someone from using your computer and account for unauthorized activities and for protecting your data and yourself. ICT strives to ensure password security for University accounts and systems.
ICT recommends that you take the following steps to help protect your accounts and passwords:
An NSID username and temporary password are created for you when you become eligible for University IT services (i.e. become a student or an employee). You are required to change your password for your NSID account. This account provides you with access to a variety of IT services (PAWS, e-mail, file storage, etc).
ICT recommends that you change your NSID password every six months; this is to reduce the possibility that someone will discover your password and use your account without your knowledge. When you log in to change your NSID password, review the rules to ensure it will comply with the security restrictions.
Operating systems allow multiple user accounts on their systems. Each person using the computer should have their own account complete with settings, privileges and passwords that are specific to them. Accounts can either be administrator accounts or accounts with limited permissions.
ICT recommends that on your personal/home computer you:
The following instructions will help you set up your computer accounts.
The administrator account has ability to set permissions, create and delete other user accounts, view and alter the contents and settings of all other accounts, restrict access to specified tasks, and change all system-wide settings. It is extremely important to select a strong password for your administrator account.
ICT recommends that you follow the password guidelines when choosing your password for all your personal accounts.
For assistance with your NSID username and password or with your operating system accounts, consult with your local IT support personnel or contact the ICT Help Desk.