Password Responsibilities

Information on WPI user account responsibilities.

The owner of a user name is responsible for all actions performed by that username, so it is important to keep your password secure. Never share your password with anyone including WPI Faculty, Staff, Administrators, Information Technology employees. Your password is to be used only by you and you are responsible for any misuse or malicious activities using your WPI account. If you think you have a problem that can only be solved by sharing your password with someone else (vacation, joint projects, supervisor access, etc.), contact the Service Desk. We will work out an alternate solution for your particular department and circumstances. If anyone but the owner of a username is found logged in to that username, access to it will be terminated.

Don't be tricked into revealing your password. The only time you ever need to type your password is when logging in or changing it. No one from Information Technology Services (ITS) will ever ask for your password. You should never provide it. If any person or program ever asks for your password, don't give it and report the incident immediately to the ITS Service Desk.

If you think someone else has discovered your password, change it immediately. If you need assistance contact the Service Desk.

Never use your WPI password for any account other than WPI. Other systems may be less secure than WPI and if your password is exposed on another platform, such as any social media, it is simple for malicious parties to try using your password at WPI as well.

Log out or lock the computer when you are not using it. If you leave your desk with the computer logged in, someone else may access and possibly misuse your files, your accounts, and systems to which you have access.

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