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Password Overview

Changing your passwords at least once a year is a good idea, however with some services it is not immediately obvious how to do so.

If you have forgotten your password and need it reset, visit the main office.

Password Best Practices

Use Different Passwords for Different Services

One of the most common ways an account is compromised is when it shares a password with an account on an unrelated service. The best way to protect yourself is to use a different password for every service you use, such as one password for La Salle services (Moodle, PowerSchool, etc.) and one for every other site you visit.

Instead of a Password, Use a Passphrase

A passphrase is a sequence of words or other text used to control access to a computer system, program or data. A passphrase is similar to a password in usage, but is generally longer for added security. Passphrases differ from passwords. A password is usually short—six to ten characters. Passphrases usually are much longer—20 to 30 characters or more. Additionally, they can be structured to be more easily memorable than passwords without being written down.

You can even use a Passphrase Generator to create good passphrases.

Choosing Your Passphrase

Typical advice about choosing a passphrase includes suggestions that it should be:

  • Long enough to be hard to guess
  • Not a famous quotation from literature, holy books, et cetera
  • Hard to guess by intuition—even by someone who knows the user well
  • Easy to remember and type accurately
  • Not reused between sites, applications and other different sources.

Example Passphrases

Passphrases can be nonsensical, or can even be a complete sentence. For extra strength, include some numbers and punctuation. Here are a few examples:

  • 2 spunky, spiking chariots
  • driest earthworms 4 mocha
  • If we weren't all crazy we would go insane.
  • Easier on the user, harder for hackers.

Changing Your Passwords for La Salle Services

Change Your Moodle Password

You can change your Moodle password by changing your network password.

Change Your PowerSchool Password

You can change your Moodle password by changing your network password.

Change Your Network Password

Your network password can be changed from any La Salle High School computer at the CTRL + ALT + DELETE menu.

  1. Start at your desktop.
  2. Press CTRL + ALT + DELETE.
  3. Select the option of changing your password.
  4. In the old password box, type in your current password.
  5. In the new password box, type in your new password.
    • The new password has to be at least 12 characters long and cannot be the same as your previous passwords.
  6. In the confirm password box, retype the new password.
  7. Press enter or the arrow button on the screen to finish changing your password.
passwords.txt · Last modified: 2016/11/09 10:21 by abrashear