As part of a comprehensive plan for improving information security on campus, the Hamilton Community is required to strengthen and regularly change passwords they use to access Hamilton systems.
One of the potentially weakest links in computer security is the individual password. Despite our efforts to keep hackers out of your personal files and away from Hamilton-only resources (e.g., email, web files, licensed software), easily-guessed passwords are still a big problem.
To that end, we are implementing a password management system, a strict password checking system for Hamilton IDs, to combat this problem. You will be prompted to change your password on an annual basis and the system will prevent you from setting a password that is easily cracked.
More information about the new password policy appears on the Password Policy webpage.
Implementation Timeline for individual accounts
March 23 - LITS
April 6 - Non-faculty employees
May 21 - Faculty
Fall 2015 - Students (students travelling abroad can enroll before the fall)
The timeline to transition department and student organization accounts is yet to be determined.
- When you are notified to do so, enroll in the New Hamilton Password Manager
- Create a new password to be used for Hamilton systems that follows the password policy.
- Update your mobile devices with your new Hamilton password (for secure wireless and email use)
- Additional actions are needed for: Thunderbird users, users working remotely with College-owned computers, College-owned laptop Macintosh users, and individuals using Sophos at home
Answers to some questions you may have can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions page. Please email or call (firstname.lastname@example.org, 315-859-4181) the LITS Help Desk with any questions or concerns you have about passwords.
Required for all users
Follow the instructions located on our Hamilton Password Manager webpage:
Last updated: January 28, 2021