FAQs on how to change passwords.
- How do I change my password?
You can change your password online @ the Western Password Reset Page
- Can I write down my password if I can't remember it?
If you have a hard time remembering your password, we suggest you change your password to a passphrase that you can easily remember rather than writing it down anywhere. Post-ITs and notes on your desk are serious breaches of security and would act to negate any increased security benefit from a well-conceived secure password. However, if you do need to write your password down in order to remember it, keep the written password in a locked cabinet at all times, and don’t write it down on anything that identifies you, such as a business card.
- Why do I have to change my password?
If someone does happen to crack or otherwise find out your password, they may be able to use it without your knowledge. By changing your password regularly, you can minimize the impact of someone using your password and assuming your identity. A second reason to change your password is to shorten the amount of time a malicious individual can attempt to crack your password.
If you have forgotten your password you can reset it @ the Western Password Reset Page
- Can I share my password with other people?
We strongly discourage all Western computing users from sharing their password with anyone. If you have a need to share information, please contact Computer Services and we can discuss your needs and suggest secure strategies to meet those needs. We can create groups of users and shared services that will meet virtually every need imaginable. You are accountable for all use that may occur during any session that is open under your user ID and password. Please don't share your password, and please log off your computer when you are leaving. The next user should do their work while logged in under their own credentials.