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Password Change Policy

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Password for administrative, highly privileged accounts MUST be changed annually

All user-level passwords (mail, web, desktop) MUST be changed annually

Access to University systems will be closed when a password is not changed as scheduled

Passwords MUST NOT be inserted into email messages

Benefits of Password Change

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Multiple Accounts Breach Limitation

Reusing same AUC password in several accounts like e-bank account, social media, facebook etc, increases risk if the password is hacked.
It is always advisable to change your password to something unique for each of your accounts.

Constant Access Prevention

A hacker may try to access your account more than once over a period of time.
Changing your password reduces the risk that they will have frequent access.

Saved Used Password Prevention

If you lose or change computers, it is possible someone may gain access to your saved passwords.
Consistently changing your password means that even if someone finds an old, saved password, it will no longer be useful.

Credentials Stealing Prevention

To avoid falling as a victim of credentials stealing, it is always advisable to regularly changing your password on a regular basis.

 

Password Change Guidelines

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Password Complexity


Use 10 characters that contain both upper and lower characters, one number and one special character

 

Don’t Use Weak Password


Passwords that contain personal information such as birth dates, addresses, phone number or names of family members, pets, friends and fantasy characters

Passwords that contain work-related information such as building names, system commands, software, or hardware

Passwords that contain patterns such as aaabbb, qwerty, 123321

Passwords that contain some version of “Welcome123”, “Password 123”, “AUC 123”

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PASSWORD CHANGE PROCESS

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Before Expiration Date

 An email notification will be sent periodically as a reminder to change your password before the expiration date.

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After Expiration Date

Failing to change your password will result in an account lockout so you will not be able to access the AUC network or your email.

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