It is BCOE's goal to maintain a secure computing environment, while minimizing the inconvenience to BCOE users. The use of user names and passwords help reduce the likelihood of unauthorized use of computers and accounts.
It is very important that you choose a password that is difficult for another user to guess. As a security precaution, we often run a password guessing program to check for easily guessed passwords. If your password is "cracked", your account will be disabled until you can meet with us.
Some password choosing DOs and DON'Ts:
Of course, you want something that is not too difficult to remember. A good trick for making secure passwords that are still easy to remember is to think of a sentence and then use the first letter of each word in that sentence. Throw in a punctuation character or a case-change, and your password will be virtually unbreakable. This is where acronyms can be very useful. Something like Ih24D1B&13Cimh! (I have 24 Dogs 1 Bird and 13 Cats in my house!) is much more difficult to crack than johndoe, while still being easier to remember than $dfa3H%za4tb!2e. Also, please change your passwords often. Every three months or so is good.
BCOE Systems checks account passwords periodically. If they are found to be insecure, your account will be temporarily disabled. To restore your account, contact BCOE systems and come with picture ID to the Systems Office. We will then reactivate your account and you can choose a new password.
If you have questions, you can contact the College of Engineering Systems Group via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Using a Unix server: SSH into gauss.engr.ucr.edu. You can then change your password by typing
kpasswd at your UNIX prompt. It will ask you for your old password once, followed by your new password twice. Note: You will not see a visual indication that characters have been typed.
Using an ENGR Windows Machine: Log into a ENGR domain computer. Once logged in, press the CTRL, ALT, and DEL keys. Click on "Change Password" and follow the instructions.
Should you forget your password, please go to our systems page to reset your password or come by WCH 107 with photo ID to reset your password.
Your account may be disabled by us for the following Reasons:
In any case, come by WCH 107 and talk to us in person if you want to resolve this.