Common password practice

Password policies often include advice on proper password management such as:

  • never share a computer account
  • never use the same password for more than one account
  • never tell a password to anyone, including people who claim to be from customer service or security
  • never write down a password
  • never communicate a password by telephone, e-mail or instant messaging
  • being careful to log off before leaving a computer unattended
  • changing passwords whenever there is suspicion they may have been compromised
  • operating system password and application passwords are different
  • password should be alpha-numerica-numeric