Changing Your Password
To Change Your Password & Profile
- Once you are logged in, you can access your profile by scrolling to the top right hand corner of the web page, and moving your mouse over your profile name in the ‘admin bar’.
- Click on your “Edit My Profile” link.
- Another method is to click on the “Dashboard” link on the left hand side at the very top of your screen (in the admin bar).
(You should then see the panel that is shown in section 4. below).
- Click the “Edit My Profile” or “Dashboard” whereby you should be taken to your profile page where you can set or edit various information.
The profile menu at the top of the page should look like the following. Click the arrow at the bottom to collapse or expand the menu if required.
- You may change your First Name, Last Name, Nickname in the “Name” section, your email address in the “Contact Info” section and your password in the “Account Management” section.
- To change your password, scroll down to the “Account Management” section and click the “Generate Password”
If the password is hidden, click the “Show” button and your password will be displayed.
You can ‘cut and paste’ and save this new password and use this going forward if you choose, but you can also set your own password by making the password visible and typing your own. The system will show you how strong or weak your password is as you type. If you have selected a very weak or weak password, you will have to tick the box “Confirm use of weak password”.
Note: Please be responsible and set a strong password and try not to use a password you use elsewhere online.
- Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the screen and click the ‘Update Profile’ button to save your changes.
Password Do’s and Don’ts
Follow these password do’s and don’ts to help protect your data and your identity.
- DO pick a password you will remember
- DO change your password regularly
- DO use a mix of uppercase and lowercase characters.
- DO use punctuation marks and special characters such as #, $, %.
- DO choose a line or two from a song or poem and use the first letter of each word, preceded or followed by a digit. (e.g “Do you know the way to San Jose?” becomes the password DYKtwTSJ?).
- DO use a password that you can type quickly without having to look at your keyboard. This makes it harder for someone to notice your password if they happen to be watching over your shoulder.
- DO use a password with 8 or more characters. More is better.
- DO create different passwords for different accounts and applications.
- DON’T write your password down.
- DON’T make obvious choices like your last name, first name, nickname, birth date, spouse name, pet name, make/model of car, or favourite expression.
- DON’T choose your username as your password.
- DON’T share your password with anyone. Once it is out of your control, so is your security.
- DON’T use a word contained in English or foreign language dictionaries, spelling lists or commonly digitised texts such as the Bible or an encyclopedia.
- DON’T use an alphabet sequence (lmnopqrst), a number sequence (12345678) or a keyboard sequence (qwertyuop).
- DON’T use a password shorter than six (6) characters.
- DON’T use a word spelled backwards.
- DON’T use a password of all digits, or all the same letter.
- DON’T use the same password for more than one system or web site.
- DON’T Use numbers in place of letters. For example, “Password” becomes “Pa55w0rd.” Dictionary programs are also equipped to combat this technique.
- DON’T Use dates to create a password (for example, AUguST2001).
- DON’T Re-use any of your last 10 passwords.
- DON’T Provide your password – or any of your sensitive or confidential information – over email or instant message. Think of an email message or IM like a postcard. The information can be seen while it’s traversing the Internet. Also, once you send an email, you no longer control the information in it. It can be forwarded to other people without your knowledge or consent.
- DON’T Use sample passwords given on different Web sites.