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September 11, 2015

WordPress File Security

Purpose

This article is designed to guide WordPress users through a couple specific methods to ensure greater security for files stored within WordPress sites (like those with sites using UO Blogs).

The way that UO Department sites are set up, they are published publicly to allow for being found by various web search engines. Files and media are stored using distinct URLs and as long as someone has the address, the files and media can be accessible.

There are, however, methods to mitigate some potential security issues. Follow one of the methods below for greater security. Follow the steps below to proceed.

Setting up a PDF with a password

When a PDF file is created, the author can set viewing permissions for the file. To set those permissions, click on Tools > Protection. From here, click on Encrypt.

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Then select Encrypt with Password from the drop-down menu.

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NOTE: You may be asked whether or not you want to proceed, click Yes to proceed.

Now, be sure to click the checkbox to Require a password to open the document then put in a password to open the document.

 

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Click OK to proceed.

NOTE: The password protection will not take place until the document is saved.

Privately Published Pages and Posts

When creating a new page or post within WordPress, users can set the visibility as to restrict access. Prior to publishing the new content, the user will select Private or Password Protected from the Visibility menu from within the Publishing menu. Then click OK.

NOTE: If a page or post has already been published and if the site is public (as all department pages are), then it will be indexed by Google (and other web crawlers) and will therefore be publicly searchable whether or not if the page is made private after the publication date.

In short, if the user would like to have the page or post made private or protected by a password without being found by a search engine, copy and paste the content into a new page or post and set to private before publishing.

April 1, 2011

Change your Duck ID password

Purpose

This article is to help guide users through the requirements for Duck ID passwords.

Process

To change your Duck ID password go to https://duckid.uoregon.edu

Log in to change your password.

Password Requirements

Duck ID Password Information
The password associated with your Duck ID has several restrictions on it to ensure a strong password that will help prevent unwanted access to your account.

A valid password will be 8-32 characters long and have at least 3 of the 4 following:

  • one or more numbers (0-9)
  • one or more letters (abc…)
  • one or more upper-case letters (ABC…)
  • one or more special characters (!@#$%^&*)

A password cannot:

  • be one of your last 3 passwords
  • contain your email address or name
  • be a word in the English or Spanish dictionaries
  • be a common keyboard sequence (asdfghjk or qwertyui, for example)
  • Additionally, your password will expire every 180 days. One week before your password expires we will send you a notice via email, telling you when your password will expire and how to change it.

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