Information Technology Services

Password Change Resources

According to Alfred University Password Policy, your password expires every 240 days in order to increase security of Alfred University network resources and sensitive information (such as financial aid status or payroll information).

Effective September 2004, the University requires that users on the network have a complex password. In order to fulfill this requirement, please follow the suggestions below:

Guidelines for Password Security

Passwords must:
Be at least 10 characters in length.

  • Contain a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and punctuation symbols.
  • Be easy to remember so you don’t have to write them down.
  • Be able to be typed quickly without looking at the keyboard, making it harder for someone to observe your password looking over your shoulder.

Passwords should not:

  • Contain your login name in any form.
  • Contain your first or last name in any form.
  • Contain your spouse’s, child’s or pet’s name.
  • Contain other common information about you including social security number, telephone number, license plate number, street or office address, etc.
  • Contain more than 2 characters repeated in a row (eeaassyy) or 2 consecutive characters (abc123).
  • Contain a word found in English or foreign dictionaries.
  • Be shorter than 10 characters.
  • Be changed to the same password, for the sake of “change,” or be re-used more; frequently than every fifth password change.

Suggestions for creating a secure password:

  • Make up a unique sentence and use the first letter of each word in the sentence. Then insert a number or punctuation.
  • For example, “See Dick run in the grass!” could make the password: SD,r1tg!
  • A similar method is to take a line from your favorite book or song and use the first letter of each word.
  • For example, “To be or not to be” could become Tbon2B?

For more details and examples please refer to the Password Policy.

Please note: If you use IMB Banner or Web Banner and you wish to use the same password for both you will need to avoid using these non alphanumeric characters described above (! @ $ & " ( ) , < > ` ; = ## blank_space).

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Time To Compromise A Password

Keep this table in mind while changing your password.

## of characters 26(abc) 94(AaBb123!@##)
4 4.57 sec. 13.0 min
5 1.98 min. 20.4 hours
6 51.5 min. 2.63 months
7 22.3 hours 20.6 years
8 24.2 days 1.93 millennia
9 1.72 years 182 millennia
10 44.88 years 17,079 millennia
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