Choosing and Changing a Secure UMICH Password
R1162 January 2013
Quick Link: Change My UMICH Password Now
This document offers tips for creating secure passwords and provides instructions for changing your UMICH password. It also tells you what to do if you forget your password. You use your UMICH password with your uniqname to log in to many U-M services and systems. On U-M's Medical Campus, the UMICH password is called the Level 1 password.
Some of the many services and systems that your uniqname and UMICH password give you access to are Wolverine Access, the MCommunity Directory, Google Apps UMICH, MFile, Virtual Sites, MWireless, and Mainstream Storage, as well as many other centrally and departmentally provided services.
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Why You Need a Secure Password
Choosing a secure password reduces the risk that your password can be guessed or stolen by a password thief. Password thieves use sophisticated dictionary programs and other methods to crack passwords. A password thief can use your password to access your email and send email in your name, change your personal information in Wolverine Access and the MCommunity Directory, send spam, or publish inappropriate or illegal material. Such a thief may also be able to use your password to gain initial access to possibly break into U-M systems.
It is in your own best interest, as well as the interest of the university, for you to have a strong secure password for use with university computing services and resources.
Guidelines for Creating a Secure Password
When you change your password using the Change UMICH Password page, your new password is checked for strength.
Your new password must:
And must not:
TIP: Make a strong and memorable password by using the first letters of the words in a phrase. For example, "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth" becomes 4S&7yaofb4th.
TIP: Select a unique password for U-M use — not one you are using or have used outside the university for other computing accounts. The university uses strong encryption methods to protect your password. If you use that same password for services that do not offer such protection, you put your UMICH password at risk.
Tips for Protecting Your Password
Changing Your UMICH Password on the Web
IMPORTANT! When you change your UMICH password, you are actually changing several passwords. (You new password is synchronized to several systems by the UMICH Password Hub.) It may take a little time for your password change to be processed, so please be patient and try logging in again in a few minutes if your new password does not work immediately.
IF YOU USE YOUR UMICH PASSWORD TO LOG IN TO YOUR U-M WINDOWS LAPTOP: It is recommended that you lock and unlock your computer after changing your UMICH password. Wait a minute or two after changing your password, then
Changing Your UMICH Password with a Terminal Program
IMPORTANT! The password strength checking used when you change your password this way does not check a couple of the requirements imposed by Active Directory. If you set your password using a terminal program, it is possible to set a new password that will not properly synchronize to AD, which will cause problems when you try to log into services that use AD for logging in. For this reason, we recommend that you use the Change UMICH Password page to change your password if at all possible.
Forgot Your UMICH Password?
Your UMICH Password Covers Multiple U-M Systems
When you change your UMICH password, you are actually changing several passwords at once. Your password change is synchronized to U-M systems and services by the UMICH Password Hub in MCommunity. Please be aware that the synchronization is not instantaneous. It can take several minutes for the process to complete and for your new password to work for some services, such as MWireless.
Update Mobile and Other Devices
If you have stored your password on your phone or other mobile device, be sure to update your device with your new password. See Connecting to MWireless and UM Wireless Network for configuration instructions.
Visit ITS's Information System to obtain ITS computer documentation and other resources. A list of relevant documents follows:
The ITS Service Center provides a variety of computing help resources.
For further help with this or any other topic, call 734-764-HELP  or submit an online service request.
Appendix: Setting and Retrieving a Password Hint
Setting a Hint
Retrieving Your Hint