All staff members will be prompted to change their password periodically. This is a standard security measure. If a staff member has any reason to believe their password may have been compromised they can reset their own password via Outlook.
After changing your password, you should immediately update this information on any device that connects to your district email. Without this password change your device will not be able to access your email.
Keeping passwords secure:
- Keep passwords in a safe place and don’t label the file or document as passwords. Remember: your password on a piece of paper under your keyboard, on a sticky note on your computer or in the top drawer of your desk is NOT secure.
- Keeping a list of your accounts and passwords in a file in your network home folder is reasonably secure (assuming you don’t compromise your network log-in). The file should not be labeled “passwords”.
- Do not store passwords or usernames in any part of an e-mail application.
- Be cautious of apps that store usernames and passwords – you are only as secure as their security system. In some cases it may not be only students and network information at risk if passwords are compromised, it could be your own personal finances, credit, etc.
- Disable AutoComplete for user names and passwords. While this feature in Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari and other browsers saves you time when you're online, it also lets anyone who gains access to your computer under your login visit all the secured sites in its database and access your information.
- Consider using a password management app on your mobile devices. (Ex: Dashlane, LastPass, etc.)
- Do not contain your user name, real name, or school name.
- Do not contain a complete word.
- Use passwords that are significantly different from previous passwords - do not simply add a number to the end of a previous password.
- Use an acronym from an easy-to-remember piece of information. For example, pick a phrase that is meaningful to you, such as My child’s birthday is 25 December, 2001. Using that phrase as your guide, you might use Mcbi25/Dec,1 for your password.
- Substitute numbers, symbols, and misspellings for letters or words in an easy-to-remember phrase. For example, My first dog's name was Rover could become M1$tdnW@sR.
- DO NOT reply to any email with any personal information or passwords. If an email requests personal information and you have reason to believe that the request is real, call the institution or company directly.
- DO NOT click a link in any unsolicited email message. If you have reason to believe the request is real, type the web address for the company or institution directly into your web browser.
- DO change ALL of your passwords if you suspect any account you have access to may be compromised.
- DO be equally cautious when reading email on your phone. It may be easier to miss telltale signs of phishing attempts when reading the email on a smaller screen.