Best Practice Security Procedures




It is important to establish strong passwords. Strong passwords are defined

as words not found in the dictionary, common names or personal data. As a

basic rule, a good password adheres to as many of the following guidelines:


1. Do not use familiar names.

2. Do not use your User Name as a password.

3. Avoid using commonly known facts about yourself.

4. Do not use words found in the dictionary to include spelling them


5. Use eight characters.

6. Utilize both letters and numbers.

7. Combine misspelled words with numbers.


A strong password is a great start but protecting your password is just as

important. If someone were trying to break into our systems, they might use

many ways to try to find passwords. One method is looking around workplaces

for passwords that are written down. Other methods include social engineering

and hacking. If you ever suspect that your password has been compromised,

please contact Sentry immediately. It is important to protect your password by

following these guidelines:


1. Do not share your password with anyone.

2. Never write down your password.

3. Do not store your password in a computer file.

4. When receiving technical assistance, enter your password instead of

telling it to the technology staff member.

5. If you ever receive a telephone call from someone claiming to need your

password, report it immediately.