3. Why is password security important?
Keeping your Oxford Single-Sign On (SSO) password secure is something on which IT Services places a great deal of importance. People sometimes query this with comments such as "it's just my email - it wouldn't matter if someone else did get in to read it."
- read all your old emails, especially copies of messages you've sent - you may be inadvertently storing confidential information such as credit-card details in these.
- send emails from your account to another person or to a mailing list and cause you widespread embarrassment.
- modify personal web pages you may have on the University web site.
- change the passwords on your other accounts such as Remote Access.
- obtain VPN access to the University network and from there:
- email a "forgotten password" request, e.g. to Amazon, and then order goods in your name to be delivered to some other address.
- access any Weblearn resources that you may own or administer.
- make you appear to be responsible for any of the above misdemeanours and consequently subject to investigation by the University authorities.
Revealing your password to anyone else (even IT Services Staff) is against University IT regulations - you risk having your IT facilities removed.