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BOOMER! SOONER! GOSOONERS! Strong team spirit? Yes. Strong passwords? No! Hey, we love our Sooners too. But when it comes to protecting our computers, we know to leave our team spirit on the field. Passwords like BOOMER and SOONER may be fun and easy to remember, but they are also easy to guess. And easy to steal. Your password is your first line of defense in the fight to keep your computer secure so it’s important to have a strong one. OUHSC IT recommends using:

  • A minimum of 8 and a maximum of 32 characters
  • At least one upper case letter (A - Z)
  • At least one lower case letter (a - z)
  • At least one number (0 – 9)
  • At least one special character
  • A new password every 6 months

Need to change your HSC UserID password? Please visit:
 http://www.ouhsc.edu/password/.
 
Want to know a fun trick for creating a strong password? Just follow these easy steps:

  1. Come up with a phrase you will remember. For example: I like to ride my bicycle to work on pretty fall days.
  2. Use the first letter of each word to create your password. The password from the above phrase is: Iltrmbtwopfd.
  3. Substitute numbers for some of the letters. We substituted a 1 for the I and a 0 for the o. Our password now reads: 1ltrmbtw0pfd.
  4. Add some special characters. We added a ~ at the beginning and an & at the end. Our password now reads: ~1ltrmbtw0pfd&. Voila! You just created a secure, easy to remember password!