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Queen's University

A7. Account Passwords

All accounts should be secured with a strong password, including the main Administrator account on Windows computers, which is blank by default. Computers should be configured to require a password when use is resumed after a period of inactivity.


The IT Support Centre will assist you in setting a password for your account in Windows and Macintosh operating systems. They will also help you set a screensaver password, which will automatically lock your computer after a specified period of inactivity. If you use a different operating system, consult the help files that are provided with your operating system for guidance on how to set a password.

In some departments it may be necessary to contact your ITAdmin Representative to set up or change your password.

Additional Information

Examples of accounts that this guideline encompasses include:

  • NetID
  • Computer user accounts
  • Computer administrator accounts
  • Miscellaneous application logins

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