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Choosing & Changing Your NSID Password

At the U of S your NSID is your primary username. When choosing your NSID password it will need to comply with certain rules.

You are responsible for any activity that originates from your NSID account and since passwords can be guessed or deciphered by hackers it is important that you change the password for your account from time-to-time.

Setting Your Password

When creating or updating your NSID password, you will need to follow the specific NSID password guidelines listed below to ensure it meets the minimum password strength standards for the system. The NSID password rules indicate passwords must:

  • Be 8-30 characters long
  • Contain at least 1 digit or special character
  • Contain at least 2 unique letters
  • Include valid characters such as lower and upper case letters, numbers and the following symbols: - ^ + _ - {} | [] ? /.
  • Not contain your NSID, first, middle, or last name
  • Not be a common password - like 'password'
  • Be different than previous passwords 

Some guidelines for selecting a password that is both strong and easy for you to remember include:

  • The long the password is, the better. Passwords should never be shorter than eight characters
  • Choose a password that you're comfortable with and is easy to remember
  • Use a mixture of upper and lower case characters, numbers and symbols
  • Do not use words in the dictionary for any language. Stay away from words spelled backward, misspelled words and abbreviations that are easy to figure out
  • Never use your name, NSID, birthday, address, driver's license or passport number
  • Avoid using information that your colleagues and/or acquaintances might know
  • Do not use a password you've used previously
  • Avoid character or number repetition (4444 or dddd)
  • Avoid simple sequences (abcdefg or 123456) or use letters that appear in a row on your keyboard (qwerty)

If an account or password is suspected to have been compromised, report the incident to the IT Support Services. 

Changing Your NSID Password

Changing your NSID password changes your password for access to many services, including:

  • PAWS
  • Lab Accounts
  • Blogs
  • File Storage
  • Individual Webpage Hosting
  • Email
  • Blackboard

Change your NSID password in PAWS

1. Login to PAWS.

2. Click on your name at the top right of your homepage.

3. In the drop-down list select the My Profile link.

select My Profile link under your name

4. You will be redirected to My Profile page.

5. Click the Edit link to for the Password Category

click edit for password section

6. You will be redirect to the below page in My Profile:

type in new information

7. Type your current password in the current password field

8. Type your new password in the new password field

9. Re-type your new password in the confirm new password field

10. Once the password strength and rules are met, click the Save Changes button

Please note a digital certified email will be sent after your password is changed successfully.

Change your NSID password in My Profile

1. Log in to MyProfile using your current NSID username and password.

2. Select Edit for the Password section.

3. Type in your current password in the current password field

4. Type in your new password in the new password field

5. Retype your new password in the confirm new password field

6. Once the password strength and rules are met, click the save changes button

Please note a digital certified email will be sent after your password is changed successfully.

Password Security

Your NSID and password grant you access to many university services including PAWS, e-mail and the wireless network.

The university’s IT systems contain valuable personal and institutional data. In addition, university IT resources are an attractive target for attackers looking to carry out malicious or illegal activities. The university’s high-speed network connections and substantial computing and storage capacity can be abused to:

  • Send large batches of unsolicited e-mail (commonly referred to as "spam").
  • Illegally distribute pirated software and pornography.
  • Carry out identity theft and share stolen identities.
  • Run software to "crack" passwords.
  • Attack or disrupt computer and network operations here and at other sites (often referred to as “denial of service” attacks).

These activities most often occur with attackers posing as legitimate users, having somehow obtained their NSID and password. Protecting you, university data and university IT resources from abuse are the primary goals of password security. The password guidelines provide information on the reasoning and methods for selecting strong passwords. They describe procedures that ICT has instituted to help you protect your computer account from unauthorized use and suggested good practices.

Tips for Protecting Your Password

  • Keep your password a secret.
  • Commit your passwords to memory. If a password is written down, it should be locked away in a secure place.
  • If a website or browser asks to keep you signed in, unclick that option and re-enter your password each time.
  • Make sure sites are secure (https) before you enter your password.
  • When off-campus, use a virtual private network (VPN) to access campus resources.
  • University IT Service Desk or IT support staff will never ask for users’ passwords.
  • Do not respond to emails or phone calls requesting you to verify your passwords.
  • Do not share your passwords for any reason – even with trusted individuals.

For information on creating a good password, read the password guidelines on the Choosing Your Password tab. If an account or password is suspected to have been compromised, report the incident to the ICT Service Desk.

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