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Password Security

Your password is your first line of defense! You should always use a strong password which is one that uses a combination of lower case and uppercase letters, with a combination of numbers and symbols at least eight to ten characters in length. Never use a common word that is found in the dictionary of any language.

An example of a poor password would be a common word like your pets name (Fluffy) even combining it with numbers such as (Fluffy1945) is not secure! An example of a strong password would be (F!4fe19for+y5). A pass phrase is even stronger, for example (I like th4 song y3!!0w*Tz). However, some systems may limit how many characters can be used for a pass phrase. Never use a blank or null password!

Note: Do not use the above examples as passwords, create your own.

Do not share your password with anyone and try to avoid writing it down. If you do have to write it down to remember it then be sure to at least keep it under lock and key, not stuck to your monitor or under your keyboard! Using a strong password helps avoid the password from being compromised by password cracking software.

Password Policy sets passwords to expire six months from the time of renewal. A reminder of expiration will be sent daily prior to expiration. The length of the password must be between eight and thirty two characters. Complexity will require three of four character classes - lowercase letters, uppercase letters, numbers, and special characters. For those who do not have SecureDoc installed on their computer Self Service can be used to change your password.

NOTE: If you have SecureDoc installed on your Windows computer or laptop you should use the "Ctrl, Alt, Delete" method of changing your NetID password. Do not use "Self Service" as a method of changing your password since this does not reliably synchronize with the SecureDoc install.