Secure Password

Several requirements are imposed with our password change system to help insure the security of Trinity accounts. Passwords must be a minimum of 7 characters long, and must include at least three of the following:

  • lower-case characters (a-z) 

  • upper-case characters (A-Z) 

  • digits 0-9 

  • special characters ` ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & ( ) * - + = | \ { } [ ] : ; " ' < > , . ? /

Passwords can be changed once a day, and a history is maintained to prevent repeated and predictable use of the same password.

Mac users please note: You should not select a password longer than 8 characters. Some network file servers may not work with longer ones.

Here are a few tips for creating good passwords.

Dos:

  • Start with a sentence or phrase, and take the first letter of each word and add numbers and/or symbols
    my dog Sparky is four years old becomes mdSi4yo

  • Use random capitalization:
    EBs45kc becomes eBS45Kc

  • Employ character substitution for sounds:
    waits becomes w8s
    Before becomes b4

  • Incorporate phonetic spellings:
    laugh becomes laf
    weight becomes wat 

Don'ts:

  • Include personal information like your initials, name, nickname, phone extension or home number, children's names etc.

  • Use of common characters or place names from literature or mythology.

  • Use words that appear in a dictionary.

If you employ the rules above, you can invent good secure passwords. Here an example:
"Time waits for no one" becomes tW8S4no1