IT: Tips for Smart Passwords
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Tips for Smart Passwords
Your username, authenticated by your password, permits you access to electronic services that are restricted to the Rockford University community including e-mail, the portal, RC Alert, and IQ. Web. 
Choosing a Strong Password
  • Choose at least 8 characters including a combination of numbers and letters, and at least one uppercase letter.  Do not use symbols or blank spaces.
  • Avoid words found in the dictionary, including recognized names such as "Rockford."
  • Stay away from names or nicknames of people, pets, or places, or personal information that can be easily found out, such as your address, birthday, or hobbies.
Password Tips
Your password should be easy for you to remember, but difficult for anyone else to guess.
  • Be creative. Invent your own secret password, like this: s3cReT pAs5w0rD
  • Try a passphrase: a line from a favorite song, poem, or speech; the punch line of a joke; a bumper sticker or sports chant. Take the first letter of each word, or pick one or two letters to represent each word, then mix in numbers that are meaningful to you.
  • Think how many passwords you could derive from the first words of the Gettysburg Address, "Fourscore and seven years ago": 4x20pl7ya or 4scn7yrsAgo or 87yraGo.
  • The last line of Milton's sonnet On His Blindness, "They also serve who only stand and wait," could become 14tasWosnw.
  • Don't use any of the example passwords shown here.
Keep Your Password Secure
  • Don't write your password down or store it on your computer.
  • Keep your Rockford University password different from any other password, so your Rockford University information will still be protected if your other passwords were to become compromised.
  • Change your password regularly, our policy requires every 90 days.
  • Always change your password immediately if you suspect that someone else might have guessed it.
Trouble with Your Password?  Call 815-226-4127 or

A common problem: Check the "Caps Lock" indicator on your keyboard before typing your password; if the "Caps Lock" key has been pressed, your password might not be recognized. Uppercase and lowercase letters need to be typed exactly the same way every time you use the password.
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