Your best defense against hackers is a strong password. A strong password is as long as possible. Always use at least 8 characters in your password. The longer the password, the more difficult it is to attack with a "brute-force" search (a computer testing hundreds of password combinations against yours every second).
A particular effective technique is to think of a sentence and turn it into a password, such as:
A weak password is one that:
A new way for hackers to trick people into giving away their passwords and other personal information is through a scam called "phishing." Phishing is the practice of sending millions of bogus e-mails that appear to come from popular Web sites like eBay or Amazon. The emails look so official that many people will respond to requests for their login name and password.
The University, Microsoft, eBay, Amazon, PayPal, or any other reputable company never ask for your password through email. If you receive a request for your password, social security number, or other sensitive information via email, notify the company immediately by phone or through their Web site.
Although the University only requires you to change your password once a year, you should change them approximately every 6 months - even if you believe your password is strong.
Never use your NetID passwords for other online services such as shopping or free e-mail accounts. You should have a unique password for your NetID account.
It is very simple to change your NetID password.