Change Bethel College Password
Why should I care about password security?
Information to which you have access as a Bethel College student, faculty member or employee may be sensitive or confidential in nature. If someone were to gain access to this information, it could be used unethically or illegally in your name.
As easy as it is to use “changeme” or “password” or your name, you are taking a huge security risk by using passwords that are easy to hack. There is an art to choosing a good password. While a good password may take longer to remember, it’s worth the effort to protect your desktop and the entire network. Passwords are an integral part of overall security. A weak password is one of the vulnerabilities most frequently targeted by a hacker.
What are the most crackable passwords?
Never choose an easy to guess password. Anyone who knows you or even strangers can easily find out information about you that can help to crack a password. Here are some examples of common BAD PASSWORD choices: significant other's name, children's names, birth date, pet's name, favorite sports team, mother's maiden name, town where you grew up. If you are currently using one of these passwords as your primary password, your personal information and all sensitive information to which you have access is NOT SECURE. Please change it!
How do hackers steal passwords?
Hackers constantly scan the Internet to find computers with weak passwords, unpatched operating systems and vulnerable running programs. In about 20 minutes a single hacker can scan around 10,000 computers. Hackers use software tools that rapidly assess thousands of common passwords in order to gain access to different systems. Once a password is cracked, a hacker can usually access more accounts without your knowledge, such as email, Instant Messenger, online banking information and other personal and private information.
What are the basic rules for passwords at Bethel College?
Your password must be at least 7 characters containing:
- At least four characters must be different
- 3 of the following 4 character types:
- capitalized letter
- lower case letter
- or non-alphanumeric symbol (do not use quotes)
What are some techniques for creating a strong password?
The passwords listed as suggestions are randomly generated passwords. These passwords meet the requirements for Bethel Colleges network. You can also use a word or phrase with meaning for you (so that it will be easy to remember), but mix it up by adding in symbols or numbers to increase the security of the password.
From a childhood verse:
Verse Line: Yankee Doodle went to town
Expressions inspired by the name of a city:
City Expression: I love Paris in the springtime
Please Note: Obviously you shouldn't use any of the examples listed here as a password. These examples are intended to provide you with an idea of the sorts of passwords you can create on your own.
How do I change my password?
How often should I change my password?
We recommend that you change your password at least once per semester, but every 90 to 120 days will ensure your password stays secure.