Pro Tips / January 7, 2016

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Do you know the difference between your NetID and your eID?

Regardless of who you are at EMU, you have a NetID. Your NetID username is different than your eID. Your eID is like a student number, it is the long one that begins “E00xxxxxxxx.” Your NetID is likely to be the one you will use more often, (unless you are logged onto wireless secure, more on that later) as it is used to log onto the wireless internet available around most buildings on campus. The NetID username is the portion of the account preceding “@emich.edu,” so it will be the same as your email password. This is something you should also be using a great deal. Remember, if you are being asked for your NetID from EMU you don’t need to include the section after the “@.” Your EID and PIN (Personal Identification Number) can NOT be used when you are prompted for your NetID credentials.

To active your NetID account, you will be required to create a unique password that you will use whenever you are asked to enter your NetID. IMPORTANT: Be sure the address in your browser’s address bar begins with https (the ‘s’ means it is a secure site) whenever you are asked to enter your NetID credentials.

REMEMBER!: No one will ever ask for your password in any way, including the Help Desk staff. Do not write it down, send it via email, or otherwise share your password with any other person. If you believe your password has been compromised, you should change it immediately. This is the number one way to keep control of your identity, and what could be more important than that online?

So What do you need to know to create a strong password?

1. It has to contain a random collection of letters (uppercase and lowercase), numbers and symbols

2. It has to be 12 characters or longer

3. You have to create a unique password for every account

Bonus tip: Setting up consistent symbol replacement and capitalization rules for all your passwords helps keep things from becoming too complex.

Help yourself remember your strong password by following these tips:

  • Create an acronym from an easy-to-remember piece of information. For example, pick a phrase that is meaningful to you, such as My son’s birthday is 12 December, 2004. Using that phrase as your guide, you might use Msbi12/Dec,4 for your password.

  • Substitute numbers, symbols, and misspellings for letters or words in an easy-to-remember phrase. For example, My son’s birthday is 12 December, 2004 could become Mi$un’s Brthd8iz 12124 (it’s OK to use spaces in your password).

  • Relate your password to a favorite hobby or sport. For example, I love to play badminton could become ILuv2PlayB@dm1nt()n.

Another route to password security is the pass phrase. Passphrases are an easy way to create strong passwords that are easy to remember. For example, you can string together three unrelated words, like roof-panda-pear. Or, think of a 12 or more word phrase and take the first letter of each word to make a password (e.g. Don’t be a feather in the wind, take ownership of your life, dbafitwtooyl).

 

If you follow all of these tips, your password could take decades to crack using brute force. What’s better than that sense of security?


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