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Academic Technology Launchpad: Password Policy

Student Technology Help Desk

Effective Oct 2, 2023 - New and updated passwords must be at least 14 characters long

Minimum Password / Passphrase Standard for College Accounts 

Length - your Password must be at least 14 characters long. Maximum length 25.

Complexity -  your Password should contain at least one (1) character from three (3) of the following categories: 

  • Uppercase letters (A-Z)
  • Lowercase letters (a-z)
  • Digits (0-9)
  • Special characters ( ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * _ - + = ` | \ ( ) { } [ ] : ; " ' < > , . ? /)

Requirements

  • Do not use your name as part of the password.
  • Follow on screen prompts to help create a secure password. 

Changing your Password

  • Do not reuse passwords. 
  • Change your password often.
  • Don't get locked out - After changing your password, remember to update your personal computer and mobile accounts right away on your personal computers or mobile devices for any college accounts  (Blackboard, email, MC-Secure wireless,...) Your account may become locked if a device tries to connect unsuccessfully too many times.

How do I create a good passphrase?

EASY ways to come up with a memorable passphrase:

  • String together several words.
  • Create a short sentence.
  • Create an acronym -- combine the first letter of each word in a phrase to create a new word.

Why? 

Password length and complexity, and changing passwords periodically, helps ensure the security of your network account, and college network security. 

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