Password Guidelines

Passwords are required to be a minimum of 6 - 8 characters in length and should be composed of a combination of:

  • Use a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters ($,@,^,#, etc.) with both upper and lower cases
  • Use the first (or second, or last, etc) letter of each word in a phrase. e.g. - "The quick fox jumped over the lazy dog" might yield a password of "Tqfj^7ld"
  • Use upper and lower case characters
  • Choose passwords that are a minimum of eight characters in length
  • Don't use a common word (of any language), including pet names, nicknames, sports times, religious figures, etc. These are all details that can be guessed or figured out by a social engineer trying to impersonate you
  • Use different passwords for different systems, or at least for different levels of access. (high/medium/low security passwords)
  • Never re-use a password
  • Never use your EUID, account name, login name, or email address as a password
  • Never use a blank/null password
  • Do not write down and post a password in an obvious place, like on paper attached to a monitor.
  • Do not give your password to anyone who asks, even if they are (or claim to be) technical support staf
  • Make sure no one is looking over your shoulder while you type your passwords

Several types of passwords are considered weak and easy to guess. In order to avoid creating a vulnerable password, the UNT Account Management System will prevent you from choosing any of the following to create your password:

  • Your EUID, account name, or login name
  • Your Eaglemail address
  • Any word that can be found in any English or foreign language dictionary
  • Numerical substitutions for characters (h3lp, adm1n, pa$$w0rd, etc.)Passwords composed of numbers only, such as SSN, telephone number, or any part of your birth date.
  • Blank or null password
  • Any previously used password

Security of your account and password

  • Passwords for continuing students, faculty, and staff will expire after 120 days from the date on which they were set
  • Passwords for applicants, transfer students, and returning students will expire 60 days from the date on which their enrollment status changes to a "student" role. This usually occurs when the student registers for classes.
  • If you forget your password or it expires, go to the Account Management System page to reset it: http://ams.unt.edu
  • After a set number of failed password attempts, your account will be locked in order to prevent further unauthorized access attempts
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