Password Policy

Current Password Policy:

In Fall 2013, the password policy default and number of lockout attempts were revised.

The default password for link blue accounts and reset link blue accounts is u$ followed by the last six digits of the user’s UK ID number and then blue. (e.g. u$123456blue). The UK ID number is also referred to as the employee or student ID number or CMID and can be found on the UK ID card or paystub. This default password applies to both AD and MC link blue accounts.

In addition, lockout restrictions extended from 5 attempts to 150 attempts.

Campus Staff & Faculty Password Policy (effective Fall 2013)

Minimum Length

8 characters. On systems with a maximum password length of less than 8 characters, use the maximum length that the system supports.

Expiration

90 days or less.

Password History

8 password changes are required before reusing a previous password. (To prevent recycling passwords.)

Minimum Password Age

1 day. You may only change your password once each day. (To prevent recycling passwords.)

Lockout

After 150 attempts

Complexity or Composition

Must contain at least three of the following types of characters:

  1. Upper Case Letters: A through Z
  2. Lower Case Letters: a through z
  3. Numerals: 0 through 9
  4. Special characters
  • May contain non-alphanumeric characters
  • No more than 2 identical characters in a row
  • The password cannot contain the user's first name, middle name, last name, or username.


Student Password Policy (effective Fall 2013)

Minimum Length

8 characters. On systems with a maximum password length of less than 8 characters, use the maximum length that the system supports.

Expiration

90 days or less.

Password History

8 password changes are required before reusing a previous password. (To prevent recycling passwords.)

Minimum Password Age

1 day. You may only change your password once each day. (To prevent recycling passwords.)

Lockout

After 150 attempts

Complexity or Composition

Must contain at least three of the following types of characters:

  1. Upper Case Letters: A through Z
  2. Lower Case Letters: a through z
  3. Numerals: 0 through 9
  4. Special characters
  • May contain non-alphanumeric characters
  • No more than 2 identical characters in a row
  • The password cannot contain the user's first name, middle name, last name, or username.

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