Password Guidelines

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The Identity Management System will require you to reset your password every 6 months. In addition, your password will need to meet certain rules, such as containing special characters. The requirements are outlined in the Account Claim process but are also listed here.
  • What should a password have?
  • How do I make a secure password?
  • What are the guidelines for passwords?
  • Platform
    • BengalWeb
    • IAM
  • Audience Affected
    • Alumni
    • Faculty
    • Staff
    • Students
Users are encouraged to set a strong password or passphrase to make it harder for someone else to guess.  A passphrase is a sentence-like string of words used to gain access to a secure system, similar to a password.  Passphrases are often easier to remember than passwords but are harder to crack.  
Password Requirements
  • The password must be AT LEAST 8 characters long but LESS than 64.
  • Your password can NOT include your USER ID, FIRST, or LAST NAME.
Passwords Must Include:
  • 1 or more upper case letters
  • 1 or more lower case letters
  • 1 or more numbers
  • 1 or more of the following special characters
    • !   _   -   {   }   [   ]   /   .   ? 
Good Passphrase Examples:
  • "Pass Go and collect $200" - pa??GOandCLCt-200
  • "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall" - humTdumt?/sat0nAwa11
  • "It is raining cats and dogs!" - 1tsrAIn1NGcts_DGS!
  • Sport Scores - WorldChampions1967-GBP
  • Bengal Pride - R0ar3engalsroar-no.1
Remember, the goal is to create a password that you can remember but is hard for someone else to guess.  These rules and recommendations help keep your data safe and secure.

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