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EUID Password Resets are on the Horizon

By Dr. Philip Baczewski, Director of  Academic Computing and User Services

Since it's been about 120 days since new password standards went into effect, you may find that you can't log into services which use your EUID and enterprise password. If this happens, the first site to visit is the EUID account management page, http://ams.unt.edu. Not only will this page tell you if your password is expired, it will also allow you to reset it if it is.

One element of the new password security standards put into place last fall is that passwords expire after 120 days. This may seem like an arbitrary rule, however, with such a large population of IDs as is found at UNT, it's necessary to ensure that unattended or unused accounts are not indefinitely accessible or prone to unwanted intrusion. Password expiration is currently the only practical way to ensure that this is the case.

Password Tips*

Since you may have to reset your password soon, here are a few tips to help you. You don't have to reset your whole password. You can change one or two characters so that you'll have a different value, but can still remember it. If you get stuck trying to find a strong password in AMS, use the "Strengthen" button to get suggestions. You may not like the suggestions, but you may get some ideas to help you come up with your own strong password. And, don't forget the answer to your secret question. The secret question is there to make sure that whoever set the original password is the one trying to reset it. Without the answer, you will need assistance from the helpdesk to check your identity and clear your secret question.

Forewarned is Forearmed

EUID Password expiration may take you by surprise. Once you reach your password expiration date, you have six grace login attempts before the password is totally disabled. Not all applications can sense the expired password condition. The my.unt.edu portal will tell you when your password is expired. The Account Management page will also tell you if your password is expired. You can regularly check on your password expiration date by logging into the Account Management System page. It's a goal to extend password expiration warnings to as many applications as possible.

Hopefully, resetting your password will become easier each time you need to do so. If not, however, you can always call on the CITC helpdesk for assistance. You can contact the helpdesk at 940-565-2324 (extension 2324 on the Denton campuses).


* See last month's Network Connection for more information on "Strong Passwords."

 

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