Security

Passwords

Password Requirements

Key

To review the SMU password requirements, click here and login with the first part of your email address and your account password. This information is protected for the security of our accounts.

Password Tips and Usage

  • Passwords should not be shared with anyone, including supervisors, co-workers, and IT Staff members.
  • No one should ask you for your password.
  • Passwords should be easy to remember, but difficult to guess
  • Passwords should not be written down
  • Passwords should not be sent via email, instant message, or cellular phone “text message”
  • Passwords should not contain words that can be found in a dictionary, or foreign words
  • Passwords should not contain personal information, including birth dates, anniversary dates, license plates, phone numbers, addresses, family member names, pet names, etc
  • Passwords should not contain simple transformations of words (7eleven, seven11, etc)
  • Passwords should not contain sequential alphabet or keyboard information (abcdef, 654321, qwerty, etc)
  • One way to select a good password is to create an easy to remember sentence, such as “I ride the train to work.” Mix in a few numbers or characters but still make it easy enough to remember. "Iridethetr@intowork!"
  • If your browser automatically remembers usernames and passwords, it is a good idea to disable this feature. Open Internet Explorer and click on Tools -> Internet Options. Select the “Content” tab, and click the “Auto Complete” button. You will then be able to clear all passwords from your browser and uncheck the option to save usernames and passwords.