University Password Practices
Together with your Ohio State Username (lastname.#), your password acts as a key to many online tools and services offered by the university. When you log in (sign in), your Ohio State Username identifies you, and your password authenticates you as the owner of that ID.
The Ohio State University takes many steps to keep hackers out of your personal files and information; however, poor password practices decrease our effectiveness and increase our information security risk. Password best practices are simple steps you can take to better protect your personal files and the university's systems.
Ohio State's vision is to create a single location for password change and synchronization across multiple university systems, while ensuring the personal security of community members and protecting the university's valuable academic, research, and business resources. Also, for the university to foster trusted relationships with peer institutions, federal resources and businesses, we must be able to assure our passwords meet certain security standards, such as the eAuthentication Initiative (EAI) and InCommon.