Technology Department

Tech Support Help Desk

Ryan Ukno Network Administator Division Office, HUTT
Dharmesh Patel School Technician EAMS, YQS
Sandra Drabot School Technician ECVS, LVS
Trevor Fosseneuve School Technician FLR, NMS, OVS
Vasyl Leshchyshyn School Technician PCI
Jennifer Borgfjord Technology Learning Coach (K-12) Division Office

Guide for Creating a Password

Bad passwords are:

  • Names of any of your family.
  • Any word which appears in a dictionary
  • Common first names, your surname, names of pets and literary characters
  • Your userid or car registration number
  • Any dictionary word slightly modified (e.g. by adding a number to the end, or changing I to 1)
  • Simple sequences such as QWERTY, LETMEIN, the name of your department or group, or an obvious name spelled backwards

Guidelines for good password:

  • Have both uppercase and lowercase letters
  • Have digits and/or punctuation characters as well as letters
  • Are easy to remember, so that they do not have to be written down
  • Are eight characters long
  • Can be typed quickly, so somebody cannot follow what you type by looking over your shoulder
  • Two recommended techniques for choosing passwords which are hard to crack but possible to remember are:
  • Choose a short sentence or phrase which makes sense to you (but is not a common saying or proverb), use its initial letters and then insert a number or punctuation in the string, like Not5fsw (None Of This Fancy Stuff Works)
  • Take two or more short, unrelated words and put them together, inserting a number or punctuation at some point, like robot4My or Eye-coN

Having chosen your password, keep it safe - preferably in your head only. Never store it in text form on any computer system, and never leave a handwritten copy lying about; do not give your password to other people however trustworthy you believe them to be.  We will never ask you to change your password to a particular word.