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(ITS Staff only)
Information protection starts with account protection. If your account is secure and can't easily be accessed by a stranger, the information you store in that account will also be safe. While you are associated with Humboldt State University, you are responsible for keeping your HSU account information and all activity relating to that account secure.
Be aware that sharing your password and/or other account information is a violation of HSU policy. If your password is shared or stolen, it can be used to compromise your information or hijack your email account. You will be held liable if your account is compromised as a result of your voluntarily sharing this information.
Passwords are your first line of defense against an unauthorized person gaining access to your personal information. HSU requires that your password contain a minimum of 8 characters and up to 30 characters, including one or more letters, one or more numbers, and at least one special (non-alphanumeric) character. A special character might be one of the following:
Note: The following special characters are NOT supported by HSU's password program:
If you're interested in mnemonics as a security device, take a look at this white paper on The Memorability and Security of Passwords: Some Empirical Results.