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Securing Accounts and Passwords

Password Security

  • Use strong passwords
  • Use passwords that you can remember so you won't have to write them down.
  • Change passwords periodically.
  • Change your password immediately if you think anyone else knows your password.
  • Do not give your password to anyone.
    (Note: Only in rare situations will an IT staff member need to know your password to fix a reported problem. After the problem has been resolved, you must change your password so that only you know it.)
  • Do not reuse DCCCD work-related passwords for access to systems, accounts or services outside of the DCCCD environment.
  • Do not utilize any feature (e.g., “remember my password”) that remembers your password for logging in to applications/systems containing confidential information.

Use of Windows Login ID

Never use Windows login ID for external use in the form of an external account, login, or email address.

Never use your Windows formatted Outlook email addresses (e.g., with non-DCCCD contacts, on business cards, Web sites, as a Outlook email signature or in any print publications, documents, etc.; only use Outlook email address alias (e.g.,, the alias used in the DCCCD public staff directory).