CIT Makes Change to Password Policy

Monday, December 05, 2016

by Jacquelynn Gaines

In an effort to increase digital security at Oberlin, CIT has made a change to ObieID password policy. For several years it has been the case that you cannot reuse any of your last three passwords. Beginning this week, you will not be permitted to reuse any ObieID passwords you have used before. Each time you are prompted to change your password, you will need to come up with a new, unique password.

Daunted by the idea of creating a new password three times a year? Experts suggest using what is called a “passphrase” to help you remember a complicated jumble of letters and numbers. Think of a phrase which includes numbers and punctuation, then use that phrase to craft a password. For example, “I drive a ‘56 Chevy.” becomes Ida’56C. “Wow! I ate 8 hotdogs!” becomes W!Ia8h! Using tricks like this one may help you to come up with more secure combinations and remember them later.

Have questions about the new policy? Contact the CIT Help Desk at cit@oberlin.edu or x58197.