Information protection starts with account protection. If your account is secure and can't easily be accessed by a stranger, the information you store in that account will also be safe. While you are associated with Humboldt State University, you are responsible for keeping your HSU account information and all activity relating to that account secure.
Be aware that sharing your password and/or other account information is a violation of CSU Acceptable Use Policy  If your password is shared or stolen, it can be used to compromise your information or hijack your email account. You will be held liable if your account is compromised as a result of your voluntarily sharing this information.
Passwords are your first line of defense against an unauthorized person gaining access to your personal information. HSU requires that your password contain a minimum of 10 characters and up to 30 characters, including one or more letters (at least one of which must be a capital letter), and one or more numbers. Your password may not contain any word that appears in a standard US English dictionary, or any part of your first or last name.
Note: Special characters are allowed but not required; the following special characters are NOT supported by HSU's identity management system:
If you're interested in mnemonics as a security device, take a look at this white paper on The Memorability and Security of Passwords: Some Empirical Results .