Western Password Policy

The Western password policy is intended to enforce passwords which are more difficult for the hacker community to crack or decode. Although you can change the password yourself, it must adhere to a number of conditions. Currently these include:

The following passwords are examples only and should not be used as your password.


Condition Valid Invalid
Must be at least 8 characters long. P@ssw0rd uwo
Must contain at least one upper case alpha and at least one lower case alpha. Good9!$$ uworocks
Must contain at least one numeric value. West3rn! UWOrocks
Must contain at least one special character. Mu$t4ngs UWOr0cks
At most 3 repeated characters in a row.
*aaa* *aaaa*
At most 2 sequential numbers in a row.
*12* *456*

 

Passwords Must Not Contain

 

    <  (less than symbol)
    >  (greater than symbol)
    First Name
    Middle Name
    Last Name


The policy implements passwords which are difficult, but not impossible, to crack. They are also difficult to construct as they are essentially random character sequences.The more complex the password, the more difficult it is to guess and this will normally deter any attempts to crack the password because it is too difficult or too time-consuming.

There are a number of programs, freely available on the Internet, that can be used to systematically guess at passwords. Statistically, by using longer passwords (e.g. 8 characters instead of 6) and a greater variety of characters (e.g. upper AND lowercase characters, numeric values, special characters, etc.), you can extend the likely time it would take for computer-generated "guessing" attempts to "crack" your password from a small number of days to a large number of years.

Related Links

Western Challenge Response Policy

Special Characters

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