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.
Any time you change your password you will need to create a strong password. Your new password must meet the following requirements:
- Must not be the same as any of your last 6 passwords
- Must be at least 8 characters long (maximum of 28 characters long)
- 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).
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:
- 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:
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Don’t tie passwords to the month. For example, don’t use Mayday1 in May.
- 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.