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Password Tips

As a best practice, create strong passwords that do not match passwords you use anywhere else (e.g. your bank account, personal email, etc). Never share your password.

The requirements

Minimum Characters10
Mixed Case/Special Characters
! " # $ % & ' ( ) * + , - . / : ; ? @ [ \ ] ^ _ ` { | } ~
Required 3
Case SensitiveYes
Character Change Requirement for PW Resets3 characters must change
Password Expiration180 Days
Inactivity Deactivation Threshold90 Days
Lockout Policy150 Failures within 5 minutes
Lockout Duration5 minutes

Tips & tricks

How to create a strong password that you can remember

Avoid names, places, family, pets, and dictionary words.

KardashianFan, Cancun, George, Fido, and any word you could look up in a dictionary are right out. They’re too easy for people to guess, and hackers can build programs that automatically try known words.

Instead, use abbreviated phrases and multiple words or fragments of words. Substitute numbers and special characters for letters or entire words to break up patterns—make it easy to remember, but impossible for anyone else to guess.

Connect the first letters of a passphrase:

  • 1ibLn+Tib5e = One if by land, two if by sea

Take a sentence and turn it into a password:

  • WOO!TSwontSB = Woohoo! The Seahawks won the Super Bowl!
  • PPupmoarT@O@tgs = Please pick up more Toasty O’s at the grocery store.
  • W?ow?imp::ohth3r = Where oh where is my pear? Oh, there.

Nursery rhyme:

  • HD504w,HDh4gf = Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

Favorite line of a song or movie:

  • yMw4h4yF50e!! = Your mother was a hamster and your father smelled of elderberries!

Use a Keyboard Pattern:

  • #WAxcvgy7890-

Consider doubling an easier password:

  • B04t5xB04t5! = Boats x Boats

Reverse any of the above.