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Password Requirements

When you change the password of one of your accounts through the Change Password page, the new password must meet history and complexity requirements.
This page explains these requirements in detail.

History requirements

arrow The password must not be identical to one of the last 6 passwords that were used for that account.

Complexity requirements

arrow Passwords must be at least 8 characters long.

Example Valid Reason
Xyz123 No Password is only 6 characters long.
Xyz12345 Yes Password is 8 characters long.

arrow The password must contain at least three character categories among the following:

  • Uppercase characters (A-Z)
  • Lowercase characters (a-z)
  • Digits (0-9)
  • Special characters (~!@#$%^&*_-+=`|\(){}[]:;"'<>,.?/)
Example Valid Reason
42abcdef No Password contains only two character categories: digits and lowercase characters.
42-abcdef Yes Password contains three character categories: digits, lowercase characters and special characters.

arrow The password must not contain the login of the account or a part of its name.

Example Valid Reason (for account with name "John Doe" and login "jdoe")
123-jdoe No Password contains the login of the account (jdoe).
JOHN-xyz No Password contains part of the name of the account (john).
1234-xyz Yes Password does not contain the login or part of the name of the account.

arrow The password must not contain a single common English or French word. This restriction does not apply if the password is more than 10 characters long.

Example Valid Reason
Apple$$$ No Password contains a single English common word ("apple").
Pear-Apple Yes Password contains two common words ("pear" and "apple").
123-Apple-$$$ Yes Password contain a single English common word ("apple") but is longer than 10 characters.

Created: 7/26/2017
Last reviewed: 7/26/2017
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