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The IT Group recommends that students create one strong password to use with all of their KSC accounts: NetID, which is the log in for the main campus network, wireless networks, and public labs; and their MyKSC and Blackboard (Bb) accounts. (A NetID (username) is also required for these accounts.)

Create a new, complex password every semester. Follow these links to change the password for each account: NetID, MyKSC (log in, choose profile in the left-hand navigation bar, choose change password), Bb (log in, choose tools, personal information, change password.)

To change your NetID password, please visit the password change web site.

When using the same password for each account it is VERY IMPORTANT to create a strong, complex password.

Complex Passwords are difficult to guess and are difficult to crack using widely available software. Here are some techniques for building a strong and memorable password.

  • Two or three unrelated short words connected with a special character, e.g. Ugly%Duck
  • Chose a word and substitute special characters and/or numbers for some letters, e.g. impossible = Im%o$$Ible
  • Chose a line from a song or poem and use first letter of each word with some various capitalization pattern, e.g. Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away = @YaMtSoFa$
  • Phonetically spell or misspell two or three words, e.g. Polece$chaZ
  • Make your password at least 8 characters in length. Longer passwords are more difficult to hack.
  • Don't use any part of your actual name or the user name you use to log in to your account
  • Make sure you include different characters when creating a password. Try to fit all four types:
    • Lower case a-z
    • Upper case A-Z
    • Numbers 0-9
    • Special characters, e.g. $#@!%^&()+-
"Wait a minute - How am I supposed to remember that?"

Take a phrase that is easy for you to remember and convert it into characters. It could be the first line of a poem or a song lyric.

  • "Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink" (Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner) converts to Wwe&nadtd.
  • "We Three Kings from Orient Are" converts to w3KfOr3691.
  • (3691 is the year 1963 spelled backward to extend beyond eight characters.)

Other Tips:
Pay attention to general state of your account and/or system. If something has changed or appears different, change your password and investigate the situation.

Your account/password is your responsibility, and any activity performed while you or someone else has logged in with them is considered your responsibility.


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