Password Complexity Requirements

Your username and password are your gateway to critical campus resources including, email, PAWs, and Canvas.
  • Individuals are responsible for keeping passwords secure and confidential.
  • Choosing a strong password is an important part of protecting access to your University account.
Frostburg State University has a Password Policy that requires you to create your password using the following complexity criteria:
Passwords must:
  • Be a minimum of eight (8) characters in length
  • Contain a least one (1) character from three (3) of the following categories:
    • Uppercase letter (A-Z)
    • Lowercase letter (a-z)
    • Number (0-9)
    • Special character (~!@#$%^&*_-+=`|\(){}[]:;"'<>,.?/)
  • Be private.
Passwords must not:
  • Contain a common word, proper name, your username, your email address, your first or last name.
  • Have been used in the last ten (10) passwords.

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