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Wharton Passwords: Guidelines and Tips


Wharton passwords follow these guidelines.  For tips on PennKey passwords, see PennKey password rules.

To change your password, see Change / Reset Password.

Password Guidelines

Your Wharton password must meet a fairly strict set of guidelines and complexity requirements.

Your Wharton password must:

  • Be at least 8 characters long.
  • Include at least one numeric character (the digits 0 - 9).
  • Contain at least 1 uppercase AND 1 lowercase letter.

Your Wharton password may:

  • Include any of these special characters:  ! ^ ) _ + - = } ] \ : ; < > ? . /

Your Wharton password must not:

  • Be based on a dictionary word.
    For example, time2go, big$deal, ivyLeague, 2morrow, money$, and Ivyleague are not valid passwords.
  • Contain your PennNet ID, username (even backwards), or your first, middle, or last name.
  • Include special characters other than those listed above.

Tips for Creating a Password

Ideally, your password should be easy for you to remember, but should not make sense to anyone else.

  • Avoid basing your password on your personal information such as your birthday, phone number, address, or other personal information that might be publicly available.
  • Create a password that is two short words separated by a number. Make sure that each word is a blend of upper and lower case characters. Also if the word is a dictionary word, please make sure that it is less than 4 characters in length.
    For example, red66Blu6, Top007Cat, hoT369Dog, grt99Tmes, baD333Dayz are passwords created using this technique.
  • Create a password by using the first letter of each word in a sentence that's easy for you to remember. For example, the sentence "Skydiving is fun, but it is too dangerous" becomes. . . SiFBii2D.

    The sentence is easy to remember, but is difficult to guess.  By capitalizing several letters, replacing the "," with a "-", and changing the word "too" to the number "2" the password meets the complexity guidelines.


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