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Information Technology

The Information Technology Services is the central department that supports technology on campus for faculty, staff, and students, as well as providing all statistical information for Government surveys.

Stop by: We're located in the Information Commons.
Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact Us
Michael Miers
Director of IT &
Data Security Coordinator
(508) 849-3326
mmiers@annamaria.edu       
Trish Petursson
Database Administrator
(508) 849-3438
tpetursson@annamaria.edu   
Richard Onanian
Network Administrator
(508) 849-3324
ronanian@annamaria.edu   
Terrence Young
IT Support Specialist
(508) 849-3325
 
 
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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.