- Should not to be posted on, under, or around the computer or workspace
- Should not to be shared with anyone
- Note: You should not use "Remember my login/password" or "Automatic Login" options.
- Passwords cannot contain your first and/or last name
- Be a minimum of eight characters in length
- Include a combination of 3 out of the 4 following character types:
- At least 8 characters
- Uppercase letters (A-Z)
- At least 2 lowercase letters (a-z)
Passwords should not contain:
- Simple sequences (12345, abcde)
- Single dictionary words (in any language)
- Any part of your name, ID, SSN, username, birthday, anniversary, spouse/child's/pet's name, or phone number
Old passwords cannot not be reused for at least one year.
At least 3 characters from previous password should be changed with each password update.
Tips for Creating and Remembering Strong Passwords
Be Personal: The easiest way to remember a complex password is to develop your own personal pattern from a combination of elements. Your pattern will determine which letters are uppercase, which are lowercase, and where your digits will be placed. Stick to your pattern each time you create your password.
Password Example 1:
- Select a memorable line from a song, movie, or book.
- With A Little Help From My Friends.
- Choose the first letter of each word.
- Capitalize every other letter.
- Add a digit after the first, and third letter.
Your new password is: W3aL1hFmF
Password Example 2:
- Select two or more words that you can remember.
- saint paul
- Reverse the words and capitalize two letters.
- Place two digits between the words.
Your new password is: Paul09sAint