It is important to protect your password by
following these guidelines: (Click on any bullet item for an explanation)
If you ever suspect that your
password has been compromised, please contact your LAN Administrator or
CIO ISSO immediately.
Explanation of tips for Password Safeguards
|Do not share your password
If you share your password with someone else then
you compromise the accountability of your user ID. You may have to accept
the responsibility of any actions they take on our systems using your
ID. Do not share your password with anyone for any reason. If you feel
your password has been compromised change it immediately.
|Never write down your
The safest place to store your password is in your
head. Using the previous tips for creating a better password, devise something
that will be secure yet you can remember. If, for some reason, you feel
you can not remember your password, try writing a phrase or hint that
will remind you but not give it away to anyone that might find it.
|Don't store your password
in a computer file
Storing your password in a computer file, whether
on your hard drive or on a floppy disk, can make it vulnerable to access
|When receiving technical
assistance, enter your password instead of telling it to the technology
If at all possible, stay with your PC while receiving
technical assistance. If the technician gets to a point where a password
is needed, enter it yourself. If you must divulge your password be sure
to change it immediately after getting your PC back.
|If you ever receive
a telephone call from someone claiming to need your password, report
No one at CDC or ATSDR should ever call you and ask
for your password. Your user ID and password are unique and are used to
identify you on our systems. As previously stated, you should never share
them with anyone. If you ever receive a call requesting that you divulge
your ID and password, simply refuse and notify your LAN Administrator
or CIO ISSO immediately.