Choosing and Changing Your IC Password

Summary

This article explains IC's password requirements and how to choose, remember, and change your IC password.

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This article explains IC's password requirements and how to choose, remember, and change your IC password.

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Password Requirements at IC

Passwords must:

  • Be between 12 and 128 characters
  • Have at least one letter, number, and special character, such as  ! % * + - ? _
  • Not contain your username or easily guessable words, Ithaca, college, bombers, password, etc.
  • Be unique and unrelated to any other of your passwords
    • Not be one you use or have used before at IC or elsewhere
    • Not be just a modified version of a password you have used before or elsewhere

Choosing a Password and Remembering It

  • Good passwords are long and random,
    • Not just a word or a word with common character substitutions like "4" for "A"
  • Consider using a password manager, like BitWarden or 1Password to generate a random password for you
  • Two techniques for creating strong, memorable passwords:
    • Use a series of five or more words as your password. They must be random words and not part of a phrase, song lyrics, etc.
      • Include a short random string of letters, numbers, and special characters somewhere as well
    • Use the first letter of each word in a sentence, keeping all its capitalization, numbers, and punctuation.
      • For example the password "Zra19'bawfoCL." is from the sentence "Zoe rented a 19 foot boat and went fishing on Cayuga Lake."

Changing Your Password

  • Passwords expire after one year
    • After it expires, you'll still be able to log into office.com or many other apps and will be prompted to change it
  • Change it and reach out to the IT Service Desk any time you think it may have been exposed
  • To change your IC password:
    • Go to https://office.com and login with your IC username, password and Duo.
    • Click your picture (or initials) in the top-right corner and “View Account.”
    • Then click on “Password.”

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Article ID: 86
Created
Thu 8/3/17 1:11 PM
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Tue 1/2/24 4:03 PM