Creating a Password

To ensure that only you can log in to the network with your NetID, you must have a password that only you know. Your password acts as the authentication that allows access to your system disk space, email, etc., at UNM. Your password is the first line of security for your NetID account. It is your responsibility to protect your password and your NetID account. If your password is stolen or compromised, you could find your account locked without warning.

Your password

  • Must be a minimum of eight characters to a maximum of 20 characters.
  • Passwords cannot repeat a character more than twice in a row, ex., xx is acceptable, xxx is not acceptable.
  • Passwords must contain characters from at least three of the following four character sets:
    • Numbers: 0, 1, 2, ...
    • Uppercase letters: A, B, C, ...
    • Lowercase letters: a, b, c, ...
    • Special characters:   !   @   #   $   %   ^   &   *   (   )   -   _   +   ~   `   ,   .   / <   >   ?   ;   :   '   "   =   +   [   ]   {   }   |
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If you have either an Oracle account, or an Internet Native Banner (INB) account (or both), your password MUST begin with a letter and may use ONLY either of these two special characters   _   #  
See also FastInfo Answer 3559

Password Protection

  • Format your password correctly.
  • Don’t choose a password that’s easy to guess, such as, your own name, your pet’s name, or anything similar to your NetID.
  • Don’t write your password down.
  • Don’t share your password with anyone.
  • The password program requires that you change your password every 180 days (approx. six months).

Password Examples




ab_cd (only five characters, must be a minimum of eight characters)
seesaw (letters must be separated by at least one number or special character)
my_cat_is_cute (should not be easy to guess)