Password Changes Now Required Twice per Year for Students, Faculty, and Staff

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Beginning in February 2013, all University students, faculty, and staff will be required to change their University Computing Account password twice per year at My Pitt (

This important requirement will enhance security and help protect your data. It is one part of a larger, layered security strategy that combines multiple security measures to protect against hackers, phishing scams, malicious software, and many other threats to the University's computing environment.

Regular password changes became required for students in August 2010. We are expanding the procedure to include faculty and staff in February 2013.

Here is how the process works. You will be required to change your University Computing Account password at least once every 180 days. As you approach the 180 day limit for your current password, you will see a yellow notification box each time you log in to My Pitt that indicates how many days you have remaining to change your password. Click the link in the notice and complete the steps in the password wizard to change your password.

The password change wizard consists of the following steps:

  1. Review your Emergency Notification Service (ENS) contact details and modify them if necessary.
  2. Review and, if necessary, modify your emergency contact information (students only)
  3. Review three security questions and answers that you can use to reset your password online if you forget it. (If you have never set your security questions, you will be required to do so before proceeding.)
  4. Change your password.

Keep in mind that you do not have to wait for the notification box to display to change your password. If you take a minute to change your password today, you can avoid seeing the notification box for another 180 days. Just log in to My Pitt, click Profile at the top of the page, and click Change account password.

Please note that if you do not change your password before that password expires, then the only thing you will see when you log in to My Pitt is the password change wizard.

For more information about the password change requirement, including answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the Passwords section of our Web site.


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