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Protecting Your User Account & Password

Date Created: 19 Dec, 2008   (9 year(s) ago) Viewed: 721 Rating: 

Overview

  • Use a password with a mix of at least 12 mixed-case alphabetic characters, numerals and special characters.
  • Use a password that is difficult to guess but easy for you to remember, so you do not have to write it down.
  • Change the default or initial password the first time you login.
  • Change your password frequently, at least once every 90 days.
  • Logout when finished using terminals or PCs in public areas, such as a library or cafe.
  • Change your password immediately if you believe that it has been compromised. Once done, notify the system/security administrator for follow up action.
  • Consider installing RoboForm Password Manager, Form Filler, Password Generator, Fill & Save Forms and other security software.


  • Don't use your own name as a login name in any form (as-is, capitalised, reversed, doubled, etc).
  • Don't use other information that might be easily obtained about you. This includes ID card numbers, telephone numbers, birth dates, license numbers, the name of the street you live on, and so on.
  • Don't use a password that contains all digits, or all the same letters.
  • Don't use the name of your child or spouse in any form.
  • Don't use a well-known abbreviation e.g. TVB, HSBC, EC2BIZ, ILOVEYOU.
  • Don't use consecutive letters or numbers like "abcdefg" or "1234567".
  • Don't use adjacent keys on the keyboard like "asdfghj".
  • Don't use a word that can be found in an English or foreign language dictionary.
  • Don't use a word in reverse that can be found in an English or foreign language dictionary.
  • Don't reuse recently used passwords.
  • Don't use the same password for everything; have one password for non-critical activities and another for sensitive or critical activities.
  • Don't write down your password, particularly anywhere near your computer or file it in a box file with the word 'password' written on it.
  • Don't tell or give out your passwords to other people, even for a very good reason.
  • Don't send your password unencrypted, especially via email.
  • Don't display your password on the monitor screen.
  • Avoid using the "remember your password" feature associated with some websites, and disable this feature in your browser software.
  • Don't store your password on any media unless it is protected from unauthorized access (e.g. encrypted with an approved encryption method).
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*** The above information is for reference only, Please seek independent technical advice if found necessary.

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