Your password is what protects you from cyber criminals. It is not difficult to come up with safe password methods which will help keep your passwords complex and help you protect you and your identity.
These days, almost everything we do requires a PIN number or a password. There are so many that we sometimes can’t keep track of them. While we may find passwords somewhat annoying, and even take them for granted, it is important to remember why passwords are important.
Passwords are often the first, and sometimes the only, defense against unauthorized access or intrusion of a specific computing system. For this reason, creating and maintaining secure passwords is the single most important step to protecting yourself from unauthorized use of your computing resources.
If you are having an issue with your password, review some of the possible causes and what can be done to resolve the issue.
Password Security Tips
When using a password, please abide by the following recommendations.
Consider using a secure password manager. There are many benefits to using a password manager, one possible option is KeePass. This is a storage system that will allow you to locally store passwords. It is not recommended that you use any password-keeping solution such as the cloud. To learn more about one software option that can manage passwords, please review KeePass.
Best Password Practices
When creating and using a password, please consider these recommendations.
Creating More Secure Passwords
Although passwords are a vital component of system security, they can often be cracked or broken relatively easily. Password cracking is the process of figuring out or breaking passwords in order to gain unauthorized entrance to a system or account.
Because there is always an ongoing threat of password cracking, we must develop good, strong passwords. Here are a few suggestions when creating and maintaining your passwords (this information is from US Computer Emergency Response Team (US-Cert)).
Before You Change your Password
Before changing your password, please go through this checklist so that you don’t run into issues with an incorrect password or locked account.
After Changing your Password
If you have changed your password and found that you are locked out of your account, please try completing the list below.
Troubleshooting Password Issues - Invalid Password
If the Web Single Sign on Service (myIUP, OWA, D2L, ihelp, etc.) states that you have entered an Invalid Password or that you can not log in to an IUP computer:
If you are trying to connect to the VPN or map drives and are receiving an invalid password message:
If you have forgotten what the password is:
Troubleshooting Password Issues - Expired Password
If your IUP network password is expired and you attempt to log in to a web single sign on service, you will receive a message saying that your password is expired. The web page will provide a link to redirect you to iaccounts where you can update your expired password.
If you log in to an IUP-owned computer while your password is expired, the computer will prompt you to change your password.
If you believe your password is expired and have not received the message above when trying to log in to the web single sign on service, please go to iaccounts and change your IUP network password.
Troubleshooting Password Issues - Locked Account
If your account is locked, the issue may be related to an invalid password entered in too many times or an old password that is saved on a connected device or service.
If you have recently changed your password, you still need to update any device where you saved the old password.
In order to unlock your account you should try:
After verifying these steps, it may take up to 15 minutes for your account to unlock.
Troubleshooting Password Issues - Can't Log Into an IUP Computer
If you are unable to log in to an IUP-owned computer and see the error
If you are unable to log in to an IUP-owned computer and are receiving this policy error: "The group policy client server failed the sign-in. Access denied"