Information Technology Services
Policy & Requirements for Password Management
To protect your online identity at Alfred University and the security
of confidential electronic information to which you may have
access, it is important that all network users have a secure
password and change it regularly. It is the users responsibility
to safeguard their passwords and not share them with others.
Staff and Students are required to change their
password the first time they use their AU Login ID and at
least once every 240 days following the guidelines below.
do not use automatic logon programs or the password “remember”
features of browsers. These programs typically store your
passwords in a file on your computer and even if encrypted
are not as secure as remembering your password yourself.
Procedures for Password Security
at least 12 characters in length.
- Have at least three of the four combinations of upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers,
and punctuation symbols.
easy to remember so you don’t have to write them down.
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:
your login name in any form.
your first or last name in any form.
your spouse’s, child’s or pet’s name.
other common information about you including social security
number, telephone number, license plate number, street or
office address, etc.
more than two characters repeated in a row (eeaassyy) or two
consecutive characters (abc123).
a word found in English or foreign dictionaries.
shorter than 12 characters.
changed to the same password or be re-used more frequently than every third password
for creating a secure password:
- Make up a unique sentence and use the letters of each word in the sentence. Then insert a number or punctuation.
- For example, “Woohoo! The Packers won the Super Bowl!” could make the password: W00!TPwontSB
- 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, that is the question” could become Tbon2B,t1$t?