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Password Changing Policy
As part of our recent major system upgrade, we have instituted a computer-enforced policy that requires all users to change their password on a regular basis. This is standard practice in most modern networks and is required to help secure important data and system access.
If you haven't been prompted to create a new password yet, you soon will be. In order to ensure security, the password you create must meet certain standards. They must:
• be at least eight characters long
• contain at least one of each of the following: numbers, lowercase letters, uppercase letters
An example, which you should not use, would be: "compL3xpassword".
Don't cringe. Changing passwords can be fun. Did you know you could use a whole sentence as a password? You don't have to limit yourself to a single, difficult-to-remember word. Instead, you can write out a whole easy to remember sentence — as long as it includes a number.
An example, which you should not use, would be: "I will get used to password requirements in 6 months."
It is important to remember exactly how you typed it, because you must duplicate your case and punctuation perfectly each time. Also, if you get a warning saying that long password doesn't work with old systems, click "Yes" or "Ok."
More tips on creating a secure password can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/protect/yourself/password/create.mspx
A password strength gauge can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/protect/yourself/password/checker.mspx
There, you can type in a password you might want to use (don't worry, it's safe) and it will tell you how strong the password is.