To all SPARC email users:

 

As you know, you may change your email password with SPARC at anytime at http://sparc.us/email.htm .

 

To maintain the security of the SPARC server, a new password policy has been put into effect.  It is recommended that you change your password from the original one.  When you change your password, it must meet certain criteria.  Please see the information below.  It must meet ALL of the criteria listed for each bullet below.

 

 

  • Be at least seven characters long. Because of the way passwords are encrypted, the most secure passwords are seven or 14 characters long.
  • Contain characters from each of the following three groups:

Group

Examples

Letters (uppercase and lowercase)

A, B, C... (and a, b, c...)

Numerals

0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Symbols (all characters not defined as letters or numerals)

` ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ + - = { } | [ ] \ : " ; ' < > ? , . /

  • Have at least one symbol character in the second through sixth positions.
  • Be significantly different from prior passwords.
  • Not contain your name or user name.
  • Not be a common word or name.