Never share your password

September 27, 2005

University Park, Pa. -- Breaking up is hard to do, but it was especially hard for Allison, a junior at Penn State. On the last day of classes, she found out from her favorite professor that she wasn't scheduled for the section of the class in which he taught the next semester. "How can this be?" she wondered. Perplexed, Allison went back to her apartment to check her schedule via eLion. Sure enough, she wasn't in her favorite professor's class -- and as a matter of fact, she wasn't scheduled for any classes. Then it dawned on her. She remembered that she shared her Penn State Access Account password with her now ex-boyfriend. She knew he wasn't happy when they broke off the relationship, but this really made it clear. "The preceding story illustrates how important it is for students, faculty and staff at Penn State to change their passwords on a regular basis -- and never share them with anyone," explained Kathy Kimball, director of Security Operation Services at Penn State. "Good personal digital identity management means using your Penn State Access Account, and therefore your userid and password, responsibly in all electronic interactions." To learn more about effective digital identity practices, attend the ITS Event, "Your Penn State Digital Passport -- Exploring Boundaries" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 in Alumni Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center. Take in special sessions on security-oriented topics and enter to win a laptop and other prizes. For more information, visit online.

The above story is part of a special Newswire series designed to showcase real-life digital identity situations that have occurred at Penn State over the last few years. Names have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals involved.

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