Changing Your Email Password
It’s easy to change your email password. Here are the steps:
- Go to http://webmail.semo.net
- Login with your email address and your current password
- Click the “Settings” button near the top
- Click the “Password” button on the left
- Enter your old password and your new password (twice) and click “Save”
Using Strong Passwords
SEMO.net encourages all users to have “strong” passwords on all their accounts. There are 4 types of characters we will focus on: lowercase letters, uppercase letter, numbers and symbols like (*@%). A good password should be at least 10 characters with all four types included.
It is easy it is to make a complex password out of a phrase. For instance, if you like baseball you could use:
I^dlike2PlayBaseball! – which would take 3 septillion years for a PC hacker to crack.
If you use some thought, you can come up with a great password that is very secure.
Here are some guidelines to show you how long it takes to a PC to crack a password of different lengths.
|chevy||5 chars (1 type)||less than 1 second|
|chevy57||7 chars (2 types)||19 seconds|
|chevy1957||9 chars (2 types)||7 hours|
|chevY1957||9 chars (3 types)||39 days|
|chevY1957+any letter/number -> chevY1957b||10 chars (3 types)||6 years|
|chevY1957+any symbol like $ -> chevY1957$||10 chars (4 types)||57 years|
|add another character -> chevY1957$s||11 chars (4 types)||4000 years|
|and another character -> MychevY1957$||12 chars (4 types)||344,000 years|
|EyeLuvMYchevy1957!||18 chars (4 types)||71,000,000,000,000,000 years|
Strong Passwords On Phones
The only thing to remember when using smartphones is to keep from switching screens to many times. I sometimes will use 4 letters then 4 numbers then 4 symbols. This means I don’t have to switch back and forth between the keyboard screens too often.