Secure Passwords

To protect College information resources, Stonehill users are required to change their Stonehill passwords every 180 days using the password change service.

When choosing a secure password, remember that password length is more important than complexity. So, consider using a passphrase that is easy for you to remember, but hard for others to guess, and difficult for computers to crack.

At minimum, Stonehill account passwords must be 8 characters or more and cannot contain your name in any form. 

You also cannot reuse any of your 6 previous passwords.

Passwords must contain characters from at least 3 of the following 4 categories:

  • English uppercase alphabet characters (A-Z)
  • English lowercase alphabet characters (a-z)
  • Base 10 digits (0-9)
  • Non-alphanumeric characters: ! ? % ^ * + - _ : ยด } { [ ] | ' ~
NOTE: The following characters can not be used: @ $ & " ( ) ' ; = # or a blank space

The temptation to use loved one's names, birthdays and anniversaries is great but "easy to remember" can also become "easy to guess." In a world where hackers use sophisticated software to crack passwords, an easy password is an open invitation. The challenge is to create something that is memorable for you but tough for others to decipher.

In addition to these requirements, passwords should never be shared, written down, or e-mailed to others

Consider using a password manager for both added security and convenience.

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