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Password Expiration Extended to One Year; New Mobile Device Security

Posted December 15, 2016

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In late January into early February, you can expect some changes to the normal six-month routine of password changes for your Wheaton College accounts. These changes are designed to improve security and reduce the frustration of frequent password changes.

Starting in late January, the password expiration for employees will increase from six months to a year, doubling the amount of time between password changes. This will balance ease of use with good security practices.

Increasing the amount of time before you have to change your password makes it easier to remember your password and choose a unique password each time, and locking your account after 10 failed log in attempts will make it harder for someone to access your data by trying lots of different passwords.

We will also begin requiring personally-owned mobile devices with Wheaton College email to have additional security precautions. These devices must have a passcode. For most people, this PIN, passcode, or Touch ID is already in place.

This change will not require you to bring in your device. Instead, we will notify you via email before any change to your account. After the change, your phone will notify you if your security settings need to be adjusted before sending or receiving mail.

Our goal is to enforce security policies that keep our data safe, while still offering convenient access and easy use of your Wheaton email and calendar. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Academic and Institutional Technology at 630.752.4357 (HELP) or by email at ait.service.desk@wheaton.edu.

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