Mandatory password change for everyone

by University Communications,

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    Update your Willamette network password using these guidelines, which are also described below.

Members of the Willamette University community must change their network passwords using the guidelines listed below by Oct. 17. To change your password, go to

If you changed your password since May 1 and followed the guidelines, you don’t need to update it again now.

Password guidelines:

  • Your new password must be at least 16 characters long, but not more than 32 characters long.
  • Your new password must be rated as “strong” before it will be accepted.
  • To receive a “strong” rating, try one or more of the following:
    • Use a combination of unrelated but easy-to-remember words, like “book toaster house spoon.”
    • Set a pass-phrase with spaces and punctuation instead of a conventional password. Avoid common phrases.
    • Avoid repeated characters or ordered series like “1234,” “abcd” or “onetwothree.”
  • To help keep your password secure, consider these recommendations:
    • Don’t use any part of your real name.
    • Nicknames and names of family members and pets should be avoided.
    • Avoid using personal data such as significant dates, license plate numbers or addresses.
    • Don’t use Willamette-related terms, dates, phrases or ID numbers.
    • Don’t recycle an old password in full or in part.

If you have questions, contact the WITS Help Desk at 503-370-6767. For more information about protecting data and information, see the university’s Information Security Policy.

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