Office of Information Technology

Passwords

Password Requirements

To review the SMU password requirements, please see the SMU Password Requirements file available on Box@SMU. You will need to log in using your SMU ID as the username and your account password. This information is protected for the security of our accounts.

Password Tips and Usage

  • No one should ask you for your password.
  • Passwords should be easy for you to remember, but difficult for a person or computer 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 either disable this feature or enable a master password to encrypt and/or protect the saved passwords.