Your UGent password allows you to access your e-mail, Minerva, Athena, computers in the UGent PC-rooms (managed by DICT), central disk space and UGent web applications. You also use it to set up a VPN connection to UGent.
The Executive Board took the following decisions (Verslag ) concerning the UGent account password policy:
an annual password change is MANDATORY
when setting a new password, the strenght of the newly chosen password is checked; only a sufficiently strong password will be accepted
you can perform just one password change per day
when setting a new password there may be no reuse of the previous 5 passwords
Near the date of the yearly password expiration, the following notification appears:
Your password will expire on [date]. Please take a minute to choose a new password.
UGent may expire passwords as a security measure to protect accounts.
When choosing a new password the UGent password strength meter is used to and see how strong it is.
A good password is easy to remember but hard to guess for a computer.
A good password is difficult to guess by others. Do not use terms which you often use on social media. For example: if you are a fan of heavy metal, then heavy metal terms such as guitar brands are easy to guess.
A good way to achieve a strong password or passphrase is to use a random collection of four words. You can get inspiration from your environment: list a number of things you come across on your way to work or to class. For example, "elderberry" jam at breakfast, a "fence", "+ 3.5t" on a road sign, and "Sprinter", the brand of a car you saw. Combined, this is "elderberryfence+3,5tSprinter". The password strength meter assesses this as a "very strong" password.
Useful tips for strong passwords can also be found:
Password hacked? If you suspect that your password has been compromised (cracked), please contact Account Management in person or by telephone during business hours. Help yourself and others: report abuse!