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Expiring Passwords

Starting December 5th, network passwords will expire every 90 days.

December 5th and every 90 days after that, you’ll get a warning saying that your password has expired. You’ll have a few free logins before you have to change it. If you don’t change it before those grace logins end, you’ll be locked out.

Here are some password tips from Symantec :

  • Do not use personal information: It is strongly recommended NOT to include any words related to your name or names of family members or pets. Also, don’t include easily recognizable numbers like your address, phone number, or birthday.
  • Do not use real words: Password cracking tools are very effective at helping attackers guess your password. These programs can process every word in the dictionary, plus letter and number combinations until a match is found. Steer clear of using “real” words from the dictionary or proper nouns or names.
  • Mix character types: By combining uppercase letters with lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters such as “&” or “$”, you increase the complexity of your password and decrease the chances of someone hacking into your system.
  • Longer is better: It is generally recommended that passwords be at least eight characters in length. Probability dictates that longer passwords are harder to crack.
  • Phrases are easier to remember: One tip is to think up a pass-phrase, like a line from a song, and then use the first letter from each word, substituting numbers for some of the letters.

Your passwords for Skyward, AESOP, Groupwise, and other resources will remain the same.

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