In the age of e-mail, Twitter and Facebook, a complex password is highly needed for everything so as to prevent identity theft. This is why at the start of the spring semester, the department of Information and Technology Services (ITS) required that all students alter their current passwords on their USFconnect accounts. Administrators at ITS informed students that their new passwords would need to be longer and contain at least one digit.
According to ITS’ new password policy, all students should refresh their password at least once per year to “reduce the impact of disclosure due to undetected theft of passwords or the sharing of passwords.” Students who attempt to change their passwords with an identical password will not be allowed.
For some students, the new policy seems a bit of a nuisance. But for others, like senior media studies student Kate Darden, it is a non-issue. “It’s no problem,” she said, “I forgot that I even had to change it.” While she still finds herself typing in her old password from time to time, she was not bothered by the effect of the new policy.
Others, like Arianna Chavez, have already taken steps to safeguard their account. Having already fashioned her password to the new standards of the ITS policy, the sophomore only had to make slight alterations to her password.
As of Jan. 13, 2011, those who have failed to reset their password within the last six months will receive a notification when they attempt to login to USFconnect indicating they have an expired password.
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