Recommended IT Practices

Password Use and Computer Account Security

If you use a computer system at UH, University Information Technology (UIT) recommends you change your password every month. Since potential computer hackers use a variety of methods to obtain passwords, customers who change their passwords regularly will decrease the likelihood of an unauthorized person accessing their accounts.

Passwords may be obtained through a number of ways. The most common methods involve using familiarity with the person to guess their password, checking near a computer for written passwords, or by simply overhearing or being told the account owner's password.

In addition to regularly changing their passwords, IT customers should do the following to ensure their passwords are secure:

Customers who need assistance with their passwords should contact their local support providers, or the UIT Support Center at 713-743-1411.