Password Management

Password Guidelines

Length/History
Must be at least 8 characters long and cannot be one of the last 6 passwords used. If a passphrase is longer than 30 characters, the following rules are disabled: complexity, dictionary, patterns. Mac users are limited to a maximum of 16 characters for a password.

Complexity
Must contain characters from at least three of the following four categories:

  1. English uppercase characters (A - Z)
  2. English lowercase characters (a - z)
  3. Base 10 digits (0 - 9)
  4. Non-alphanumeric (*, %, +)

Dictionary
Passwords cannot contain easily guessable words such as "Berea", "Fall 2013", or "Password", and they cannot contain the user display name or username.

Patterns
Passwords cannot contain character patterns like "abcde", horizontal keyboard patterns like "qwerty", repeating patterns like "passwordpassword", or repeating characters like "aa".

Expiration
Network passwords expire every 90 days and must be at least 1 day old before they can be changed.

Character Restrictions
Passwords cannot contain any of the following non-alphanumeric characters:

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