Password Guidelines

Passwords must be a minimum of 8 characters and contain at least one uppercase character and one numeric character. They may not contain @ or ; (semicolon) or $.  Passwords (e.g., email, web, desktop computer, etc.) need to be changed upon the first login and at  least every six months thereafter.

Everyone should be aware of how to select strong passwords. Strong passwords have the following characteristics:

  • Contain both upper and lower case characters (e.g., a-z, A-Z)
  • Have digits and punctuation characters as well as letters e.g., 0-9, !#%^&*()_+|~-=\`{}[]”;'<>?,./) PSU passwords cannot contain the following characters: @ or ; or $.
  • Are at least eight alphanumeric characters long and is a passphrase (Ohmy1stubbedmyt0e).
  • Are not a word in any language, slang, dialect, jargon, etc.
  • Are not based on personal information, names of family, etc.

Try to create passwords that can be easily remembered. One way to do this is create a password based on a song title, affirmation, or other phrase. For example, the phrase might be: “This MayBe One Way To Remember” and the password could be: “TmB1w2R!” or “Tmb1W>r~” or some other variation.

Other examples…

  • We take your protection seriously, you should too = Wtyssus2
  • ITS is one of a kind, great = ITSi1oakgr8
  • CIO loves to ride bikes for fun = cioltrb4F

Finally, please practice the following strategies to keep your password secure:

  • Never reveal a password to ANYONE over the phone or in an email message
  • Never share a password with anyone, including family members, colleagues, administrative assistant or supervisors, even if going on vacation.
  • Do not use the same password for Plymouth State University accounts as for other non-Plymouth State University access (e.g., home email account, option trading, benefits, etc.)
  • Do not use the “Remember Password” feature of many applications (e.g., Zimbra, OutLook, Firefox, etc.)
  • Never write passwords down and store them where they could be easily found in your office.
  • Never store passwords in a file on ANY computer system (including cel phones or similar devices) without encryption

System Status

All ITS systems Operational

July 7th, 2014 by Jo-Ann

All ITS systems are operational. If you have any questions, please contact the Help Desk at or (603) 535-2929.

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