At IU, how can I keep my passphrase secure?

Important:
No one at Indiana University (including UITS), or anywhere else, should ask for your passphrase for any reason, whether in person or via phone, chat, email, postal mail, or online in any way. If you doubt the authenticity of any email message or website, or worry about your IT accounts, contact your campus Support Center as soon as possible.

The first step in keeping your passphrase secure is to create a good one. For details, see About your IU passphrase. After you've created a strong passphrase:

  • Never share your passphrase with anyone: It is against university policy to do so. This includes family, friends, significant others, computer support people, vendors, outside websites or applications, and bosses. If you need someone to read your email, that person can do so without your passphrase by using the delegates feature in Microsoft Outlook; see In Microsoft Outlook for Windows, how do I make other users delegates so that they can send email on my behalf?
  • Never save your passphrase if prompted by your browser or any other programs: You can turn this option off in most browsers; check the browser help for instructions.
  • Change your passphrase at least every six months: For instructions, see Change your IU passphrase.
  • Never send your passphrase in email, even if the request looks official: Not only is doing so against university policy (see the first suggestion in this list), but such requests are most likely phishing attempts.
  • Make your computer's administrative password and your IU passphrase different: Besides your IU passphrase, you should also have an administrative password for your computer, and the two should be different. For information about the administrative account, see About your device's administrator account.

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