Password Best Practices and Requirements

FAU is committed to the highest integrity in securing its IT environment. The FAU username or your FAUNet ID and your password is the university's standard for authentication for most information systems.


FAU Account Security Requirements

  • Passwords must be 8 to 30 characters in length
  • Passwords should contain a mix of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numeric digits, and symbols (at least 2 of the 4 classes).
  • Passwords should not contain your username, first name, or last name.
  • The password must not contain any of these special characters: @ & $
  • Passwords must not repeat your last 6 password.
  • User accounts with passwords older than 1 year will be required to change their password at next login.
  • Users will be notified 30 and 15 days prior to their password expiring and be allowed to change the password.
  • Users may reactivate their user accounts using MyFAU.fau.edu.
     

Recommendations for a Secure Password

  • Use a combination of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols (e.g., ! # % ^ + - ).
  • Never use your username as your password.
  • Never use any form of your name, pet's name, or other name readily associated with you.
  • Never use a word found in the dictionary.
  • Change your password regularly, at least every 180 days.

How do I change my password?

  • MyFAU & Mac users can change their password by logging in to MyFAU and selecting the "My Account" link on the top left of the page.
  • Users already logged into Microsoft Windows can use Ctrl + Alt + Del and select the "Change Password" button.

To Keep Your Computer and Accounts Secure

  • Use password-protected screen savers (on a PC, go to Start --> Control Panel --> Display; select the Screen Saver tab, and check the box for 'On resume password protect').
  • When you leave your desk, always lock your computer (ctrl-alt-del) or log off so your computer is protected by your password while you are away.
  • Do not place your password on a Post-It note taped to your monitor, under your keyboard, or anywhere in your desk.
  • Do not share your password.
  • Use long, easy-to-remember passwords. A longer password is much more difficult to break than a shorter password with a higher level of complexity.

Examples of Good Passwords

  • $M0n3yM@n This variation of 'moneyman' uses the recommended combination of upper and lowercase letters, symbols (punctuation), and numbers for letters.
  • EnvS@f3tyR0ck$ This example is more than 9 characters long, uses numbers, punctuation, and a mix of upper- and lowercase letters.
  • Sp@c3_Eng_D3s1gn3r This password consists of three words, separated by punctuation, and uses upper- and lowercase letters and numeric/symbol substitution.