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Technical Safeguards: Passwords

Access to computer systems must be password protected. Please read and understand the password recommendations below, but remember, you must follow your own facility's specific password policies and procedures.

  • Keep passwords secret; do not share them with others.
  • Memorize passwords to avoid having to write them down.
  • Create strong passwords which:
    • Are at least 7 characters long.
    • Are not dictionary words or easily recognizable proper nouns.
    • Include upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters.
Change passwords regularly. Never select "remember my password" if prompted by Windows to do so.