Password Information

Using a strong password is important and the following guidelines should be considered when creating a strong password:

  • Must be at least 8 characters and must be changed every 180 days.
  • Cannot contain your username or any part of your username.
  • Must contain characters from 3 of the 4 following categories:
    • Uppercase letter
    • Lowercase letter
    • Number
    • Special characters, such as: ‘!@#$%^&*()-[]<.>?

Additional tips

  • Passwords are private and should not be shared.
  • Do not use dictionary words.
  • Do not use words spelled backwards, common misspellings, or abbreviations.
  • Do not use sequences or repeated characters.
  • Do not use personal information.

So, pick a password that will not be easily guessed. A password must contain at least 8 characters as noted above. The longer the password the better as each added character makes the password more secure.


How to change your Windows password at your desktop

  • Log into your on-campus system.
  • Once logged in, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete, and then click Change a Password.
  • Type your old password, type your new password, type your new password again to confirm it, and then press Enter.

How to change your password through Outlook Web Access

  • Log into your Outlook Web Access account.
  • Click ‘Options’ near upper right hand corner.
  • On the left hand pane, click Change Password.
  • Type your old password, type your new password, type your new password again to confirm it, and then press Enter.