Safe passwords

The Information Security team has shared some tips for safe passwords.

Because passwords are a part of your identity, they must be kept secret. Never share your passwords, and never use someone else’s.

When someone else uses your user ID and password, they assume your identity - this means they can do everything that YOU can do.

  • Keep your passwords private. Make sure that no one can see when you are entering one. Be aware of your surroundings and be cautious when entering a password: whether in a corporate office, at home, in school or in public.
  • Public WIFI and computers, for example in Internet cafes, are not always secure. Avoid using them for accessing sensitive DoE content.
  • If you’re using a shared computer, don’t “save” your password if your browser prompts you, other people may be able to access those saved passwords.
  • Don’t make the mistake of logging in and then leaving your computer or device unattended. If you walk away, someone else could use it, bypassing the need for a password altogether.
  • Get into the habit of locking your computer or devices when you leave them unattended (CTRL+ALT+DEL or WINDOWS Key+L).
  • If clicking a link in an email results in a request for you to log in with your DoE password, check the URL (e.g. det.nsw.edu.au) belongs to the department before proceeding.
  • When sharing computers remember to log out.  Otherwise, the next user on the device will be able to access your session, meaning that emails can be sent in your name, your pay details are visible and your bank account details can be changed.
  • Finally, if you think your password may have become compromised, you should change it immediately everywhere that you use it.

For more information contact the Information Security Unit information.security@det.nsw.edu.au

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