In December of 2003 the State of Arkansas Office of Information Technology issued a password standard which “applies to all state agencies, boards, commissions and institutions of higher education”.  The policy can be reviewed at http://www.techarch.state.ar.us/domains/security/standards/SS-70-002_password_standard.pdf

Domain Password Policy Requirements

  1. The maximum password age is 90
  2. Must meet 3 of the 4 following types of characters
    • Upper case (ABCDE)
    • Lower case (abcde)
    • Numbers (123456)
    • Special characters (Space  !  #  %)
  3. The minimum password length is 8
  4.  No. of Passwords Remembered is 5 

How to:

CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD:

Change Password/ Unlock Account

If you know your current password and want to change it, follow these steps:

  • Enter username (do not include @uamont.edu) and password
  • Click Set Password
  • Enter New Password and then Confirm New Password
  • Click Set Password

You have successfully changed your password

UNLOCK YOUR ACCOUNT:

Change Password/ Unlock Account

  • Enter username (do not include @uamont.edu) and password
  • Click Forgot Password
  • Select Unlock Account

Wait for one-time code texted to your mobile phone or alternate email

  • Enter one-time code
  • Click Continue

You have successfully changed your password

FORGOT YOUR PASSWORD:

Change Password/ Unlock Account

  • Enter username (do not include @uamont.edu)
  • Click Forgot Password
  • Select Reset Forgotten Password

Wait for one-time code texted to your mobile phone or alternate email

  • Enter one-time code
  • Click Continue
  • Enter a New Password and then Confirm New Password
  • Click Continue

You have successfully changed your password

CREATE A GOOD (strong) PASSWORD:

  • Include both uppercase and lowercase letters (case-sensitive).
  • Include both letters and numbers (alpha-numeric).
  • Use special characters (Space  !  # )
  • Do not include your login name, a.k.a. username, in any form (as-is, reversed, capitalized, doubled).
  • Avoid words that can be found in a dictionary (including foreign and technical dictionaries).
  • Do not use a password that has been given as an example of a good password.
  • Do not use other easily obtained information about yourself, such as license plate numbers, phone numbers, social security numbers, the make of your automobile, the name of the street you live on, the room number or building in which you work, etc.

One possible way to pick a good password is to make up your own acronym. Create a phrase that has meaning to you and pick the first letter of each word or use the phrase itself.

A similar method is to take out all the vowels from a short phrase or use passphrases.

For example:

  • "I work 8 hours a day." (wrk8hrsdy) or (Iwork8hoursaday)
  • "We like to eat lunch at 11:30." (Weliketoeatlunchat1130)
  • "My dog eats too much." (myDogeats2much)


PROTECT YOUR PASSWORD

  • Memorize your password.
  • If you must write down your new password because you are afraid of forgetting  it, then:
  • Never write your username and your password on the same piece of paper.
  • Do not place a written copy of your password on the side of your monitor, under your keyboard, etc.
  • Destroy the written copy as soon as you have memorized your password.
  • Do not allow anyone to look over your shoulder while you are entering your password.
  • Change your password often.
  • Change your password immediately if it has been compromised.