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Acceptable Use Policy – Security

Security of Information Storage and Transmission

Valparaiso University assumes users are aware that electronic files and transmissions are not necessarily secure.


Anyone who “downloads” software, certain applications, or certain file types (such as Microsoft Word documents) should be aware of the possibility that such material could incorporate viruses, worms, or other destructive materials.

Protecting Your Computer Accounts

  • Select obscure passwords. Passwords should be at least 8 characters and contain a combination of letters and numbers or special characters but no spaces. Birth dates, social security numbers, and other identifying information do not make secure passwords. Various IT publications provide more information on password security and give instruction for changing passwords.
  • Change your password(s) regularly, and at any time you believe it (they) may have been compromised. IT requires all users to change passwords at least every 180 days on IT-managed systems.
  • Do not share your login id(s), password(s), or other types of authorization with others.

Protecting From Viruses, Worms, Etc.

  • Download materials only from reliable sources.