Changing Passwords

Everyone is encouraged to change their password to a "strong" password of 7 or 8 characters in length (there are problems with passwords longer than 8 characters on some systems). For more information on passwords, see the web page at http://www.slac.stanford.edu/comp/security/passpolicy.html If you have a common password for your accounts, be sure to change them all. Due to various restrictions on acceptable passwords, it is best to start by changing your VMS password (if you have a VMS account), then your Windows NT password (if you have a Windows NT account, and finally your Unix password.

Remember that changing your Unix password will also change your email password if you use a POP or IMAP client, e. g. Eudora or Netscape Messenger, but it will not change your Windows NT or VMS password. Some systems propagate your password to other systems, so it may take up to 60 minutes for password changes to take effect. Please note that computer accounts for accessing MCC systems and for Windows NT accounts with update permission for PeopleSoft in BIS should NOT have a common password with your other accounts.


Owner: Bob Cowles

Created 10 April 1998