New password policy “strong password”

Strong passwords make it more difficult for unauthorized persons to gain access to your information and information belonging to UM. For this reason, it is important that you, too, set a strong password for your UM account.

A strong UM password meets the following requirements:

  • At least 15 characters long
  • May not include your user name
  • Must be different from your five most recent passwords
  • Must meet three of the following criteria:
    • At least one upper-case letter
    • At least one lower-case letter
    • At least one number
    • At least one other character (this may also be a space)

How do you choose a strong password?
Strong passwords are not always easy to remember. You should therefore use a saying, a line from a song or another phrase that you can easily remember and that is difficult to guess or crack. Generally speaking, password phrases are more secure than ordinary ‘complex’ passwords due to their greater length. Examples of good password phrases include: ‘I like football.’ (three of the four criteria) or ‘We went 2 school’ (all four criteria).

Changing your password
You can change your password via https://myaccount.maastrichtuniversity.nl/, preferably on a fixed network connection (desktop or laptop docking station). Be sure to register an alternative email address via the same link first. This way you can restore access to your account if you forget your new password. The step-by-step instructions for changing your password are available here.