We build computer security using the following factors:
· What you know (e.g., a password).
· What you have (e.g., a physical object like an ID card).
· Who you are (e.g., a fingerprint or other biometric data).
Gaining access by authenticating may use just one of these factors (Single Factor Authentication) or more than one factor (Multi Factor Authentication).
– To get into your house you need to have a key – single
– To get money at an ATM you need to have the card and know the PIN – multi
At STU in order to access your computer and the STU network, you are required to supply a known password. This is single factor authentication, therefore your password needs to be strong (hard to figure out), because we cannot tell if it is you, only that we were provided your password. This means that someone providing your password moves around in our systems as if they were you and it all looks normal to us.
Do not reuse your STU Password anywhere; this greatly reduces the chance of your password being discovered.
To make a strong password try Four Random Words. Why?
– Easy to type – all lower case letters
– Easier to remember then the older style – Y%^110w123!
– Strong – very hard to guess
Size – 14 to 30 characters (don’t need special characters all lowercase leters is ok)
Good e.g. correcthorsebatterystaple do not use this example it is too public
Bad e.g. bobspassword too short, contains “password”
If you want even stronger authentication, you could set up multi factor authentication using your smartphone, office phone or other device. Once you change your password, please contact the helpdesk if you would like to set up MFA.
See the following for examples of phishing emails
Please see our “New to STU” section
Go to the JDH Helpdesk with your student ID, a lab assistant will be available to help
Please follow the instructions below to change both your email password and Computer Network Account password:
Visit or call the JDH Helpdesk for assistance.