Security practices for Anaconda Notebooks#

We do all we can to keep your Anaconda Notebooks account secure, along with the files and data you have stored in it—from fully-patched operating systems to strict internal policies determining when our support staff are allowed to look at your stuff (basically, never without your permission unless your code is causing major systemwide problems, or is probably involved in illegal activities).

What you can do to protect yourself#

Follow these best practices to help keep your account secure:

  • If you’re sharing code with anyone (including on our forums), make sure that you don’t post anything with passwords in it. For workarounds, check out Alexandra Souly’s TDS article on safe credential use in Notebooks.

  • Make sure you use a highly secure password for your Anaconda Cloud login. Anaconda recommends using memorable but unguessable passwords of the kind dreamed up by Randall Munroe of XKCD. There’s even a Python package to generate them. A good alternative is to use completely random passwords of at least 16 alphanumeric characters and to store them in a password manager like Keepass.

  • Verify your email address to reset your Anaconda Cloud password if you forget it.

  • Look out for phishing. Anaconda will never send you an email asking for your password. Also, check the address bar in your browser before typing in your password!

  • Don’t leave a device that’s logged in to Anaconda Notebooks unattended in a public area.

  • If working with sensitive information in a public place, use a privacy screen on your device to discourage strangers from viewing your screen.