How to Protect your Network Password
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Password Security

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Protecting your Smith network password

Your Smith network account (username and password) is your key to a vast array of web-based services and information. Through the Smith Portal and single sign-on, your account profile provides you with access to necessary resources and helpful tools, including:

  • Your Smith email, calendars, contacts, and Google Docs
  • Personal information, financial records, and academic via Workday
  • Printing services (Papercut)
  • Access to the Smith's secure wireless networks
  • Any files you store on a Smith network server, including Sophia
  • Any files you store in your Google Drive
  • Assignments, discussion threads, documents, and grades stored in your Moodle account
  • Library resources from off-campus and your 5-College library account

The associated risks

Unfortunately, with the addition of each new service accessible via your Smith username and password comes greater vulnerability to password theft and possible:

  • Exposure of your personal information
  • Identity theft
  • Theft of your intellectual property
  • Liability for misuse of your account by another person

Hackers typically enter a legitimate Smith user name, then try to guess the password for that account. But if you choose a long enough password, protect it wisely, and change it periodically, you are helping to safeguard not only your own data, but also the entire Smith network.

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