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Password Safeguards

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 with anyone

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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 password

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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

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Storing your password in a computer file, whether on your hard drive or on a floppy disk, can make it vulnerable to access by others.

When receiving technical assistance, enter your password instead of telling it to the technology staff member

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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 it immediately

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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.

Creating Phrase Passwords

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This CD-ROM was produced April 8, 2003
from the original content of "Security Awareness for Everyone."

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