Passwords are an important aspect of computer security. A poorly chosen password may result in unauthorized access and/or exploitation of Eastern Oregon University’s resources. All users, including contractors and vendors with access to EOU systems, are responsible for taking the appropriate steps, as outlined below, to select and secure their passwords.
Mountie-Pass is a system that allows you to change your password for multiple EOU services. For example, Mountie-Pass currently controls EOU email (Google Apps), Canvas and Webster. EOU IT will be integrating as many technology services into this system so you only have to remember a single password and you only have to go to one spot to change it. It makes security better for your personal data and more convenient so you don’t have to remember a bunch of different passwords for different systems.
Your Mountie-Pass password must meet the following criteria:
- Have at least eight characters
- Contain a combination of upper and lowercase letters and numbers
- Contain a special character (e.g.: !, $, #, .)
- Must not include all of (or parts of) your name or username
EOU IT recommends passwords have the following characteristics:
- The password contains less than fifteen characters
- The password is a word found in a dictionary (English or foreign)
- The password is a common usage word such as:
- Names of family, pets, friends, co-workers, fantasy characters, etc.
- Computer terms and names, commands, sites, companies, hardware, software.
- The words “EOU”, “sanjose”, “sanfran” or any derivation.
- Birthdays and other personal information such as addresses and phone numbers.
- Word or number patterns like aaabbb, qwerty, zyxwvuts, 123321, etc.
- Any of the above spelled backwards.
- Any of the above preceded or followed by a digit (e.g., secret1, 1secret)
Try to create passwords that can be easily remembered. One way to do this is create a password based on a song title, affirmation, or other phrase. For example, the phrase might be: “This May Be One Way To Remember” and the password could be: “TmB1w2R!” or “Tmb1W>r~” or some other variation.
(NOTE: Do not use either of these examples as passwords!)
Password Protection Standards
- Always use different passwords for EOU accounts from other non-EOU access (e.g., personal ISP account, option trading, benefits, etc.).
- Always use different passwords for various EOU access needs whenever possible. For example, select one password for systems that use directory services (i.e. Banner, Active Directory, etc.) for authentication and another for locally authenticated access.
- Do not share EOU passwords with anyone, including administrative assistants or secretaries. All passwords are to be treated as sensitive, confidential EOU information.
- Passwords should never be written down or stored on-line without encryption.
- Do not reveal a password in email, chat, or other electronic communication.
- Do not speak about a password in front of others.
- Do not hint at the format of a password (e.g., “my family name”)
- Do not reveal a password on questionnaires or security forms
- If someone demands a password, refer them to this document and direct them to the Information Security Department.
- Always decline the use of the “Remember Password” feature of applications (e.g., EOU Google Apps).
If an account or password compromise is suspected, report the incident to the EOU IT Department.
For more information, contact the EOU IT Help Desk at (541) 962-3111 or submit a Technology Ticket.