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New eID password standards

Password standard changes are here

On April 8, K-State adopted new eID password standards. With these updated standards, most K-Staters will need to change their passwords only one more time and no longer be required to change their eID password every 180 days. If you have already changed your password since April, you will not receive a password change reminder email.

What do I need to do?

When you get the password change reminder email, change your password using the new password standards. Keep the following in mind:

  • Using a passphrase is one of the easiest ways to create a strong password.
  • After you change your password, you will not need to change your password again unless your password becomes compromised.
  • If you are required to change your password more often because of the job you perform, you will still need to follow those job-specific password guidelines.

New password standards

Under K-State’s new password standards, your password must meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum of 15 to a maximum of 100 characters in length
  • Must be significantly different from previous passwords
  • May contain spaces but cannot start or end with a space
  • Cannot be a single dictionary word
  • Cannot be repetitive or sequential (e.g. ‘aaaaaaaaa,’’12345abcd’) 
  • Cannot be your name, username, K-State term, or name of a service
  • Cannot use a previously compromised password

To learn more about K-State’s eID password standards, view the eID password FAQs webpage.