Password Constraints Explained

In order to meet specific security regulations, we have adopted a very specific set of password constraints.  Those constraints are described as follows:

Passwords must contain at least 3 of the following attributes:
1) At Least One Uppercase Letter
2) At Least One Lowercase Letter
3) At Least One Number
4) At Least One Special Character (!@#$%^&*()_+=-:'.<>?[]{}|)

Passwords must be at least 8 characters in length.

Passwords cannot contain your username.

Passwords will expire and must be changed every 42 days.

The system "remembers" 20 of your previous passwords.  You cannot repeat passwords until your 21st password.  Given the 42-day interval, this essentially means that you cannot repeat a password over the course of approximately 2 1/2 years.

The most common way of creating a password is to change the spelling of a word that you will remember using the above listed parameters.  For example:

If I had a son named "Michael", I might create a password like: M1ch@el!

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