Password Services for FCC
Faculty, staff, and students have the privilege of utilizing College computer and network resources which contain important and sometimes confidential College information. It is imperative that these resources be managed with security and confidentiality in mind so adhering to the Password requirements and practices is required. Faculty, staff and students are required to safeguard their passwords, being mindful of potential information security risks and taking appropriate steps to protect College resources. Confirmed or suspected compromises in informational security should be immediately reported to the IT Help Desk. Under no circumstances should account passwords ever be disclosed or shared with anyone. Passwords should never be written down or stored on a computer system where others might obtain it. Users are expected to change their password immediately or contact IT Help Desk if they know or suspect that it has been compromised.
PASSWORD Self Service
The College provides faculty, students and staff with the ability to reset their own password using a password reset system (Green ICON with Password Reset). In order to use this system, staff and faculty must register for the system using the (Password Self-Service Registration) Icon. Once, Registered, you can change your password after validating your identity.
Students, you can check to see if you are registered by accessing the Password Self-Service Registration ICON. Enter your WXXXXX@myfcc.frederick.edu
account and validate your mobile number and alternative email address. You can update these values once you reset your current password or you already know current password.
The Password Self-Service Registration system can also be used by students, staff and faculty to update your other information used during the reset process to validate your identity.
- Password must be changed every 90 days and be a minimum of 12 characters in length.
- Passwords cannot contain your account name or parts of your name.
- Passwords should not be repeated. The system does not allow reuse of passwords.
- Passwords Must contain characters from three of the following four categories:
- English uppercase characters (A through Z)
- English lowercase characters (a through z)
- Numbers (0 through 9)
- Special Characters (for example, !, $, #, %)
SUGGESTIONS ON CREATING A PASSWORD:
Use of passphrases rather than traditional passwords is recommended. A passphrase is like a password, but longer and more secure. While passwords and passphrases essentially serve the same purpose, passwords are generally short, hard to remember and easier to crack. Passphrases are easier to remember and type. They are considered more secure due to the overall length of the passphrase and the fact that it shouldn't need to be written down. Users should follow these tips for creating a good passphrase:
- Make up a sentence or a phrase that includes a combination of upper- and lowercase letters, special characters and punctuation.
- Include memorable “encoding” in the phrase. Think up a phrase. For example, "Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom!". This can be used as the passphrase, or the first letter from each word can be used. This example includes punctuation to improve quality. The passphrase could be E'iTK.tutgdOF!.
- Use a favorite childhood memory, favorite foods, places, or experiences, etc., or a combination of these things. For example, "space camp MashedPotatoes4!" (a favorite childhood memory and favorite food) is a particularly strong passphrase.
The College reserves the right to audit user passwords to ensure they meet current password security guidelines.