Improved Security For Passwords At UCO

Improved security for passwords at UCO

During the month of March, you will be required to change your UCONNECT password.  As part of the strengthened security for passwords, you will then need to change your password every 90 days. 

You can change your password at any time, but if 90 days pass since it was last changed, you will be prompted to change it.  This will be enforced by using a new alert mechanism on the Home tab of UCONNECT.

What Are Strong Passwords?

Why All The Changes Now?

Where Can I Find Out More About Strong Passwords?

What Are Strong Passwords?

Passwords will need to follow these rules, to be considered strengthened:

You were prompted to set up your security questions beginning October 18, 2010.  If you have not logged into UCONNECT since that date, you will be required to set up answers to your security questions on your next login attempt. 

Security questions will be used for the changing of passwords as needed. 

Once this process is in place, if you need to change your password, you will use the online self-service password change utility which presents a choice of security questions or a one-time use email link for password changes.  If the security questions cannot be answered and an alternate email is not available, you must visit the Help Desk with a photo ID to change your password.

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Why All The Changes Now?

Basically, the university is making these changes to help protect your personal information from Internet hackers. However, under the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA as you'll often hear it called, the U.S. Department of Education is also strongly recommending institutions of higher education implement strengthened policies and regulations regarding passwords.

After extensive research on technology "best practices" and "standards" among our peer institutions, Central's Office of Information Technology determined that changing passwords every 90-days was the best solution for the campus community, at this time, to meet FERPA recommendations.  As technology advances and new information becomes available, we will review and adjust our policy, as needed, to best ensure the protection of your information.

We understand this is a big change, and it will take some time for the campus community to adjust to the new policy.  As such, we have implemented an online Self-Service Password Reset Tool.  This will eliminate the need for Help Desk involvement when resetting passwords.  This allows the control to be placed in your hands and no longer will your default password be information that can easily be gathered from public Facebook information.

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Where Can I Find Out More About Strong Passwords?

For more information about standards, recommendations and other issues related to changing online passwords, see the links below:  

Maximum Password Age

Password Best Practices

Facebook Security

Protect Your Password From Misuse

Changing And Reusing Passwords

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