Try a new password system! Verizon’s recent Data Breach Report showed that 81% of hacking-related breaches used either stolen or weak passwords.
Recent hacking at higher education institutions remind us that passwords are vital to an institutions data security. Verizon’s recent Data Breach Report showed that 81% of hacking-related breaches used either stolen or weak passwords. And, a new survey from Dark Reading shows 44% of organizations say users pose the greatest threat to data security!
Does your MyNMC password look like one of these? Students19? Jennifer12? Teaching19? or Year2019-20?
Those are easy guess passwords, yes they meet the criteria of 8 characters, one upper case letter, one lower case letter, and one number. But, your password protects very private student information that is federally protected thru FERPA including: Grades, Moodle Coursework, Email correspondence, Scholarship Info, Student Services Information and more!
Why not try a new password system. One that’s still memorable but far more complex. I am going to give you a few examples*, pick a system and please, give it a try.
Use a Password Saying. Make it memorable to you, but difficult for someone to guess. Here are a few examples, based on quotes:
- 0allthosewhowanderarelost (From “Not all those who wander are lost” or
- 1st&bestVistoconquerself (from “First and best victory is to conquer self”).
Another option that I also recommend is coming up with a saying about a goal that you want to say to yourself over and over again. Why not take advantage of having to type it in every day to reinforce your goal.
- GoW8lkingM0r3 (Go Walking More) or
- Study120-2day (Study 120 mins today) or
- 1QuitSm0king (I Quit Smoking) or
- Read8lot2day! (Readalottoday!)
Another style of password system is to use 4 unrelated words plus a number to create a password such as:
- GargantuanWhim52TalentDelta (Go walking to day 52 mins)
- YodelOctopusGargantuanEngineer2Day (YOGAtoday)
So visit Password Self-Service on MyNMC NOW and change your password!
Any questions, please contact the NMC Technology Help Desk at 231-995-3020 or visit nmc.edu/help.
*Please do not use any of these examples as your new password!! Be creative!