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University of Missouri-Columbia   Extension Technology and Computer Services—ETCS

September 2002
   Vol. 19, No. 4

A Technology Newsletter for Extension Specialists



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Password Reminder
by John Myers

According to the University of Missouri's Acceptable Use Policy which can be found at, we as users have a responsibility to "Protect user ID, password, and system from unauthorized use." Your email password is a very important password. It not only allows you access to your email, but it is also being used to allow you access to other University resources. If you have a weak password, then you are putting these resources at risk.

In the July, 2002 issue of Inner Circuits, I wrote an article titled "Computer Terrorism", which can be found at In this article, I explained how we as users are under attack and what we can do to slow down the enemy. Our number one strategy is to use a good password. The "Computer Terrorism" article gives examples of good and bad passwords.

Next week, and in the coming months, a process will be run that will identify users with weak passwords. If your name appears on the list, you will be hounded by ETCS to change your password. Please comply with this password policy so as to avoid being hounded! Everyone, including ETCS, has enough to do already.



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