How Do I Change My Password?
When choosing a new password, keep in mind that your password:
- must be at least 8 characters long.
- must contain at least 1 character from each of at least 3 different character classes. The character classes are:
- lowercase letters
- uppercase letters
- punctuation (printable characters other than letters or numbers)
- should not be based on a dictionary word, or a reversed dictionary word.
- should not be based on personal information (name, phone number, address, license plate, login name, user id, etc).
- should not be systematic (for example, "abcdef" or "1234").
- should not be used for any other system or website.
- should be changed periodically. We recommend at the beginning of every semester
See Wikipedia's Guidelines for Strong Passwords
On Linux systems:
command to change your password. This program will prompt you for your old password and then for your new password. You will be prompted to type your new password a second time to verify that you have entered it correctly.
On Windows systems:
Once you are logged in, press
to bring up the
Security Options Dialog
. Then click on the
button. You will be presented with a window in which you can enter your old password and your new password, which you must enter twice to verify that you have entered it correctly.
If you are using a Mac:
You will have to log into a department machine either physically or through ssh and follow the linux directions