Network Password

About Your Network Password

Passwords are case-sensitive. The case you use when you create your password must be used when you login.

Your password must be a minimum of seven characters, but IT STRONGLY RECOMMENDS 14 or more characters. It can be a combination of letters, numbers, spaces, and special characters. Please remember that passwords are CASE-SENSITIVE and must be typed exactly the same way every time.

You are given three attempts to enter the correct password. After three times, you are not able to try again for 60 minutes.

Your password is set to expire every 180 days. You will be notified when the expiration date is near and prompted through changing your password.

You may voluntarily change your password at any time.

Creating a Strong Password

Your network login and password provide unique identifiers that enable a system to identify authorized users. Passwords are the first line of defense against network and system intruders.

Strong and secure passwords can prevent an unauthorized person from assuming your network identity and accessing your personal and university information.

Strong passwords are 14 or more characters with a combination of uppercase, lowercase, numeric and special characters. 

Don't choose words that can be found in any dictionary, whether English or any language (hackers use password dictionaries).

Don't reverse the spelling of a dictionary word.

Don't choose a name associated with you in any way (middle initial, spouse’s maiden name, pet's name, child's name, your favorite team's name, films, etc.)

Don’t use your login name as your password, as your login name is known to others, and can be easily guessed.

Don’t choose a birth day or your phone number as your password

Don’t give anyone your password, even IT, over the phone. Social Engineering is a common way for unauthorized persons to get access to information.

Don’t reuse old passwords.

Don’t write passwords down and store them anywhere in your office.

Do not store passwords in a file on any computer system (including your phone) without encryption.