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Passwords

Having a strong password is increasingly important. Weak passwords can be "guessed" or "cracked" using free software available online, allowing unauthorized access that can result in identity crimes, extortion, or damage to reputation through the disclosure of sensitive or private information (yours and RIT's). Choosing a strong password and changing it regularly are two of the most important things you can do to protect yourself online.  Follow the password standard and subscribe to our social media outlets for password tips and tricks!

Password Standard

Documented Standard

Summary

  • Be at least 8 characters long (a longer passphrase is preferred)
  • Use both upper and lower case letters and at least one number, and one special character
    • We suggest putting numbers and special characters in the middle of the password, not at the beginning or end
  • Change it annually (at a minimum)
  • DO NOT use your username
  • DO NOT reuse for at least six changes of password

For more information, visit Creating Strong Passwords

RIT Computer Accounts

To change the password for your RIT Computer Account, visit http://start.rit.edu. Contact the ITS HelpDesk (585-475-HELP) if you've forgotten your password or it is not working.
 

Digital Self Defense Training

Digital Self Defense Training

DSD LogoThe Information Security Office provides Digital Self Defense training courses scheduled through the Center for Professional Development or by request. The program is divided into three courses: Introduction, Desktop Security Tools, and Information Handling. See below for more information about specific courses.

DSD 101 Introduction to Digital Self Defense

In this day of rapidly increasing Internet threats you need a leg up, a way to protect yourself and your loved ones (and your computer) against all of those people on the Internet who are out to get you.

We feel your pain and we've got the answer!

We're currently reworking the Intro to Digital Self Defense course and will announce the new course availability in fall 2013.

DSD 102 Desktop Security Tools

DSD 102 is currently not available.

DSD 103 Information Handling

RIT employees handle or are exposed to Private and Confidential information every week. It is important to use appropriate and secure information handling practices to protect these types of information. Inadvertent loss or disclosure of Private information may result in a Notification event under the NYS Information Security Breach and Notification Act.

Course Objectives

Attendees of the Digital Self Defense (DSD) 103 – Information Handling course will learn new and improve existing information handling skills. Specifically, the course explains the different classes of information at RIT, how these types of information should be treated, and the correct means of storage, transfer, and destruction to be used. Completion of the course should provide the user with the necessary knowledge to be in compliance with the Information Access & Protection (IAP) Standard.

DSD 103 Online Course

DSD 103 Information Handling is now available as a self-paced online class through the RIT E-Learning Zone.

  1. Access DSD 103 Information Handling Web-based training on the RIT E-Learning Zone
  2. Login with your RIT credentials
  3. Open the course.
  4. Click the blue triangle to launch the course. (You may want to perform a Browser Check to ensure your computer is configured correctly.)
  5. Take the course and complete the post-course assessment.

 

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