Picking and protecting a password
You want to think carefully about your password before you enter it on the Account Activation page. And once you have created it, keep it to yourself. This is important! Anyone who knows your password can see a lot of personal information about you, and can also read your email.
Some password hints:
- Do not use a dictionary word, slang, or the name of a family member or a character in your favorite book or movie.
- Mix in at least one number.
- Use at least eight characters, including both letters and numbers.
- Use both UPPER- and lower-case letters.
- Choose a phrase like "I love Ben and Jerry's ice cream" and use the first letter of each word. Throw in a number and you've got, for example, IlBaJ7ic. Phrases tend to be easy to remember and can make pretty good passwords.
If you no longer have your activation key but need to set a password, you can get a new activation key code from your campus Computer Services (or IT) Help Desk.
To activate your account, visit the Activate Account page.
November 6, 2007