Search Google Appliance

Information Technology

UMass Amherst IT Policy: Complex Passwords

Diligent password management helps create a secure computing environment and increases the chances that online identities stay safe.

At UMass Amherst, an IT Account enables students, faculty, and staff to access email, manage academic, personal, and financial information in SPIRE, and use the campus wired and wireless network.

This Complex Password Standard establishes the strength requirements for NetID passwords and is intended to support the secure and productive use of information technology resources.

Complex Password Requirements

Your NetID password:

  • Must be between 10 and 16 characters
  • Must contain characters from three of the following four categories:
    • uppercase characters (A - Z)
    • lowercase characters (a - z)
    • digits (0 - 9)
    • special characters (limited to the following):
      ! " # $ % & ' ( ) * + , - . / : ; < = > ? @ [ \ ] ^ _ ` { | } ~
  • Cannot contain three or more adjacent characters from your NetID
    (e.g., if your NetID is jdoe then your password cannot be 4xP/doe/876)
  • Cannot contain the reverse of your NetID (e.g., 4xP/eodj/876)
  • Should not be solely composed of English or foreign words or proper names
  • Cannot be any of your previous five passwords

 

See IT Account Standards for more information on IT Accounts.