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What characters can I use in my password?


There are some simple rules that you must follow when changing your password:

  1. Your password must be at least 10 characters long.
  2. Remember that UPPERCASE letters are different from lowercase letters (for example, A is treated as different from a).
  3. It must contain at least one character that is not a letter, such as a digit.

The following special characters can be used in passwords changed using the My IT Account facility:

curly brackets { }         round brackets ( )      square brackets [ ]
hash
colon, semi-colon : ; caret ^
comma , full-stop . question mark ?
exclamation mark ! bar or pipe | ampersand &
underscore _ backtick ` tilde ~
at @ dollar $ percent %
slash and backslash / \  arithmetic symbols  =+-*  single and double quotes  " '

 

The following characters are also permitted:

  • Uppercase [A-Z] and lowercase [a-z] English alphabet characters
  • Digits 0-9
  • spaces

The following are permitted, but may cause problems on some systems:

  • 'greater than': >
  • 'less than': <

You may not use any of the following characters:

  • Any accented or non-english alphabetic characters: ü î ø å é etc.


The upper limit for password length is set at 127 characters, however we recommend using something memorable.

 

 

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Created by Roger Discombe on 14 August 2001 and last updated by Sandy Radford on 13 September 2016