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Changing Your Password & Creating A Strong Password
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IdentiKey passwords 

Passwords must meet the following requirements: 

  • Must be at least 10 characters long 

  • Must include at least 3 character classes (alpha, numeric, symbols) 

  • Cannot contain your CU Login Name 

  • Cannot contain your first or last name 

  • Cannot contain 3 or more contiguously repeated characters (a password with the string 'aaa' will not be allowed) 

  • Cannot contain the following characters: tab, space, double-quote (“), colon (:) 

  • Must not be one of your last five passwords 


Important DOs and DON'Ts 

First, it's good to remember that despite the term, there is no need for passwords to be actual words. Indeed passwords that are not actual words are harder to guess (an extremely desirable property). One of the best ways to keep your computer and your private information protected is to have a strong password. 


Some tips for strong passwords... 

  • DON'T use your login name in any form; as-is, reversed, capitalized, doubled, etc. 

  • DON'T use any names, be it a relative of yours or character in a novel, book, or movie. 

  • DON'T use other information easily obtained about you. This includes birthdates, license plate numbers, telephone numbers, your street name, etc. 

  • DON'T use a password made up of all digits, or of all the same letter. This significantly decreases the search time for a hacker. 

  • DON'T use a word contained in English or foreign language dictionaries, spelling lists, or other words lists. 

  • DON'T use a password shorter than 10 characters 

  • DON'T share your password with anyone. 

  • DON'T use consecutive or adjacent keys. 

  • DON'T   use "remember my password features." 

  • DO use a mixed-case password, such as HYuj4iP or 3rtIdlP. 

  • DO include a mix of upper and lower case, numbers, and punctuation 

  • DO use a password that you can type quickly without having to look at the keyboard. This makes it harder for someone to steal your password by watching over your shoulder. 

  • DO change your password regularly. 

  • DO use a long password (at least 10 characters) 

  • DO have classes of passwords:  

  • Office 

  • Financial 

  • Personal 


Password Reset Every 90 Days 

It’s very important that we restart our passwords every 90 days. The only solution is to use a new password every 90 days and not the same old one. You will want to remember your password and not write it down. People can have easy access to a lot of information. And some of that information you will not want out there.    

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