The purpose of these guidelines is to provide password standards for online or other types of university accounts.
Each member of the campus community is responsible for the security and protection of electronic information resources over which he or she has control. Towson University passwords, including NetIDs, provide access to services and information and should follow the recommended guidelines and requirements.
NetID passwords must meet the following requirements:
Student, faculty or staff that have forgotten or need to reset their NetID password can find information and reset links on the NetID Tools page.
When creating a password for any online service or account at the university, follow the NetID requirements listed above.
If you are responsible for managing an application, please refer to the State of Maryland Information Technology Security Policy (PDF) for detailed password guidelines. If you have additional questions about passwords, submit a TechHelp service request.
There are password manager programs that will help you remember your passwords and keep them safe. OTS does not endorse a particular site, but provides some examples:
|LastPass||Free||Windows, Linux, Mac OS X|
|Password Box||Free||Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Android, Kindle|
|KeePass||Free||Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, iOS, Android|