Changing Passwords

Instructions for changing your passwords:

Please note, the password expiration notification is for your Taft Network/Google/Gmail password.  Also, your network password can only be changed from on campus.

Password Requirements:

At least 9 characters     (10+ characters are recommended)
At least 1 capital letter
At least 1 number          (It is also a good idea to use characters like these: !@$%)

Password must not contain the user's account name or more than two consecutive characters from the user's full name. 

Cannot be one of the last 24 passwords you have used before

* though it is not a requirement, you should shy away from using whole dictionary words. Instead, you can change the words by leaving out vowels, or changing a letter to a number.

Here are some sample passwords that are acceptable:

lngerPasscodsRBetr3  (Longer passcodes are harder to crack - notice that words are not spelled out. Dictionary words are easier to crack)
IrhToaGp4          (acronym for the phrase "I really hate thinking of a good password)

Note:  Your network password is used to log in to your computer, TaftNet, Powerschool, Veracross, Google/Gmail, and all devices that connect to wifi (iPads, Cell phones, etc.).  You can only change your network password from on-campus.  If you have a laptop, to ensure that your password change goes as smoothly as possible, make sure that  you change your password while connected to a wired network connection.

How do I change my Network password - Mac?

  • Restart your computer and log in while connected with a wired network connection.

  • After log-in completes, choose Apple menu > System Preferences and click Accounts, or click "Users and Groups" depending on your version of Mac OS X.

  • Click Change Password.

  • You will be prompted to enter your old password, followed by your new password twice to verify it.

  • (It is not required to leave yourself a hint, but you may if you want.)

  • Click the Change Password button at the bottom of the dialog box.

  • You may receive a message saying that your Keychain Password needs to be updated. Make sure that you click on the "Create New Keychain" option.

  • Done.

How do I change my Network password - Windows?

  • Restart your computer and log in while connected with a wired network connection.

  • Press CTRL + ALT + DELETE anytime after you are logged in to your computer.

  • Click Change a Password.

  • Type your old password, type your new password, type your new password again to confirm it, and then press ENTER.

  • Done.

Please contact the Taft IT Department if you experience any problems.

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