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Citrix Password Policy

Introduction

The Diocesan IT Department has implemented the requirement for you to choose strong passwords which meet specific complexity requirements, choose a password that does not match your previous passwords, and change your password periodically.

Password Requirements

Any time you change your password you will need to create a strong password. Your new password must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must not be the same as any of your last 6 passwords
  2. Must be at least 8 characters long (maximum of 28 characters long)
  3. Must contain characters from three of these four categories
    • Upper case (A-Z)
    • Lower case (a-z)
    • Numeric (0-9)
    • Special non-alphanumeric characters (! @ # for example).
  4. Must have two characters that differ from previous password

Start thinking of passwords or pass phrases that you could use now so that when the time comes for you to create a password, you will be prepared.

Choosing a Password

Perhaps it might be easier to think in terms of “pass-phrases” rather than “passwords.” A pass-phrase is a short phrase or sentence that meets the complexity requirements for passwords.

Examples of pass phrases:

  • PraiseGod!
  • MissionImpossible!
  • Why do I have to change my password?

Here are some more suggestions of ways to meet the password complexity requirements but still
create passwords or pass phrases that you will remember:

  1. Use more than one word – Rather than use the name of someone you know, such as Allison, choose something about that person no one else knows about, for instance, AllisonsBear1 or AlliesBear5.
  2. Use numbers and symbols instead of characters. Replace one or more of the letters within a word with number or symbol that you’ll easily recall. For instance, BaseballFun could be Bas3ba11Fun or B@seb@llFun.

Final Thoughts on Passwords

  1. Don’t use personal information such as derivatives of your user ID, names of family members, maiden names, cars, license tags, telephone numbers, pets, birthdays, social security numbers, addresses, or hobbies.
  2. Don’t tie passwords to the month. For example, don’t use Mayday1 in May.
  3. Don’t create new passwords that are similar to ones you’ve previously used. For example, if your old password is Password#1, you cannot use Password#2.

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