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NetID - Password Criteria and Account Recovery

This document lists requirements for creating a new password.

Passwords must:
  • Passwords should be  eight (8) characters or longer in length (pass phrases are highly recommended)
  • Be secure and memorized. (Writing down passwords is not recommended)
  • Contain at least one (1) character from each of the three (3) following character sets:
    • Upper case letter (A-Z)
    • Lower case letter (a-z)
    • Digit (0-9)
    • Special character (! ?. )
  • Be secured and private.
  • Passwords should not contain a common proper name, NetID, email address, initials, first, middle, or last name in forward or reverse format.
  • Passwords should not be or contain a dictionary word if less than 12 characters.
  • Have been used previously in the last year.

Best Practices for passwords:

  • Each password chosen is new and unique for each account.
  • Don't write it down.
  • Don't share it with anyone.
  • Do change the password regularly - every six months or so.  (Change your password when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time)
  • Do change the password if it is shared or if you think someone else may know it.

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Owner:Dora L.Group:Rice University
Created:2016-10-24 13:33 CSTUpdated:2020-10-15 10:47 CST
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