Passwords at the University of Akron

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Password policy at the University has changed. There are many good reasons this is being done, but, the most important is to protect your data from people who would steal it.

Passwords now expire
Back in the day, if you were particularly daring, you could get through your entire college career without changing your UANet password. No more.

Beginning June 1st of this year, passwords expire every 180 days. An email will be sent to remind you to reset your password as the 180-day expiration
period draws near.

To change your password, go to, login with your
UAnet ID and current password. Select the “Password” tab and click on “Change the
password of my UAnet ID.”

Make a strong password
The basic rules for you new UANet password are:

  • Minimum of 8 characters consisting of at least one letter and one number.
  • Mixed case (upper and lower) and special characters ($ # (& * @, etc.) are acceptable, but not required.
  • NO Spaces.

There are many sites out there that can help with strong password creation like:

Strong passwords: How to create and use them
Password strength – Wikipedia
The Strong Password Dilemma – from the Center for Password Sanity

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