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  1. Your password must be at least 8 characters in length for standard users or 12 characters in length for users who have access to confidential data. Why?  Length Length is the simplest way to increase security.

  2. You will not be able to use any part of your name or username. Why? This information is often stored in public directories alongside your username.

  3. You will not be able to reuse a previous password or a password that is too similar to the old password.  Why?  In the event of a compromise, the password will often be sold or added to hacker databases.  Using the same password puts you at risk.  

  4. You will not be able to use only one dictionary word in your password.  Why?  Password cracking tools easily recognize dictionary word sequences.

  5. You will not be able to use number substitutions for letters. (eg. f00tba11 will be seen as football) Why? Unfortunately, Password cracking tools are on to these practices. 

  6. Approved symbols are:  ! + - _ * ? % . { } ~ 
  7. Must use a combination of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Standard users must have at least 2 of those character classes; users with access to confidential data must have at least 3 of the 4 character classes.