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

  • Cannot include your NetID (username), your first name, your middle name or your last name.
  • You cannot re-use a previously-used 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   _   #  

If you will be accessing esurvey (Opinio), the ONLY special characters that can be used are  _   #  !

Password Protection

  • Format your password correctly.
  • Don’t choose a password that’s easy to guess, such as, your spouse's 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).
  • Consider changing your password more frequently than our 6 month policy.
  • Never use your UNM NetID and password combination for any other service / site.
  • Never respond to phishing emails -- UNM will NEVER ask you for your password.
  • Always use a strong password -- keep in mind that just because your password meets our minimum requirement does not mean it's strong. Use your favorite internet search tool to search the key words "create a strong password that's easy to remember" -- there are some good links in there.
  • Always check for "https" or the lock symbol before typing your password.
  • Never ignore certificate errors before you input your NetID.
  • Always ensure the site you are typing your NetID into is a UNM site.
  • Always keep your computer up to date.
  • Always have antivirus installed and updated -- UNM provides no-cost Symantec Endpoint Protection at the UNM IT Downloads page.
  • Consider using a "standard" user account on your computer instead of an admin account -- only use the admin account when needed.