The University of Houston follows industry standards regarding computer security. As with everything else, with the benefits of networked computers come risks. Changing passwords from time to time helps prevent others from gaining access to your data or your computer system (to use as a spam mailer, for example).
Different systems have different requirements for password length. Eight characters are generally acceptable (and the system will tell you if it's not). Passwords should be made up of letters and numbers and at least one special character. Be sure to avoid things that are easily identifiable with you (your name, your child's name, the odd looking word written on a yellow sticky on your monitor). Some systems retain password histories, preventing users from simply recycling the same passwords.
for instructions on what to do if you can't remember your current password and need to reset it.
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