Your NetID and NetID password allow you to log into a number of services where security is very important. Someone who has a student's password can use is to change that student's registration or send in inappropriate email to a class through Blackboard. Someone who knows an employee's password is able to view the employee's salary and direct deposit information and can post grades in the employee is a faculty member. It is therefore crucial that you not share the password with anyone and that you create a password that is not easily guessed.
Log out of public computer stations
When checking e-mail at a public computer station, it is important to click on the "Log Out" button or close the Web browser entirely when you are finished. Simply closing the window you were using to read the mail leaves an opportunity for the person who sits down after you to gain access to your protected information.
Choose a good password
One of the best ways you have of protecting your privacy is by utilizing "strong" passwords--ones that are not easily guessed. Passwords should be at least eight characters long and contain mixed case letters, numbers, and special characters. Never use a pet's or a child's name. For more information, refer to the UIS Security Office Web page on protecting your password.
Click the "Change your NetID password" link at the right side of this page and change your NetID password if you feel that your password is no longer secure. NetID passwords expire every semester, but you may change yours more often as needed to secure your data.