Changing Your IAS Passphrase

Your IAS passphrase is used to log into IAS workstations. It is also used to log in to various IAS sites and services such as Zimbra Webmail, Adobe Creative Cloud, Zoom, IAS Forms, Appointment-Plus, etc. Whether you forgot your passphrase or you just want to update it, this article will show you how to change your passphrase as well as provide suggestions to maintain your passphrase security. 

If you are using an IAS Mac desktop, you must use the macOS(IAS Desktop) method below.  Please change your password using your IAS Mac desktop instead of using other computers and methods.  This will ensure that your Mac keychain password is updated as well.  

Passphrase Changing Methods

  1. Close all running programs and press the CTRL+ALT+DEL keys simultaneously.
  2. Click the Change a password option.
  3. Type your current passphrase, and your new passphrase, twice, in the listed boxes.
  4. Click the arrow button or press Enter. You should see a confirmation message.
  5. Log off your computer and log back in to try the new passphrase.
  1. In the top menu bar, select the Apple logo at the far left of the screen.
  2. Select "System Settings..." from the dropdown
  3. Scroll down the left column and select "Login Password"
  4. On the right part of the page, click the "Change..." button next to "A login password has been set for this user"
  5. Enter your current passphrase in the "Old Password:" field
  6. Enter your new passphrase in the "New Password:" field
  7. Confirm your new passphrase in the "Verify:" field
  8. Click the "Change Password" button at the bottom right of the window
  9. Log off your computer and log back in to try the new passphrase.

Follow the instructions here,

IAS Passphrase Policy

  • It should have a minimum of 15 alphanumeric and special characters.
  • It should not include your username, first or last name, or your spouse's name. It is also not recommended to use dictionary terms, computer names, house addresses, phone numbers, or all numbers.
  • Here are some examples of strong passphrases that meet IAS's password criteria:
    • #Flip0rFlopHouses
    • S3dentary!L1festyle
    • T1metogetM0v1ng
    • V3getarian#0ption
    • Thyme And Time Again 100%
  • Do not lend your passphrase to other individuals. The potential for abuse is too great if others know your passphrase.

Passphrase Security Recommendations

  • Never share your passphrase. Do not be fooled by suspicious emails asking you for your passphrase. As a simple rule, never share it with anyone.
  • Change your passphrase on a regular basis, at least twice a year.
  • When creating a passphrase, you should use a combination of numbers, symbols, and letters (uppercase and lowercase).
  • Worried about writing your passphrases down where other people can see them? Use a password safe.password safe allows you to securely save your passphrases in one safe place. Make sure to backup your passphrase safely, or keep a copy on multiple computers. This way you only need to remember one master password to access them all. Click here for password-safe download resources.

Passphrase Creation Tips

How do you make passphrases that are both complex and easy to remember? To ensure security, be creative when setting your network user password. Here are some other ways to create a good password.

  • If you have trouble remembering complex passphrases, put phrases in between symbols. For example, baseballplayer38 is a weak password, however, Baseball38player# is much better.

  • When you change your passphrase, you should always change at least half of the characters to something new. For example, love2drive!cars could be used for the first 90 days and then you can switch to love2run#miles for the next 90 days.

  • Choose a line or two from your favorite song or poem, and use the first letter of each word. For example, "In Xanadu did Kubla Kahn a stately pleasure dome decree" becomes 1XdKK@spdd.

  • Pick two words, split them in half, and then merge them together with a symbol in between. For example, using the words society and exponential, the password then becomes Soc1ety#exPonential.

  • Spell a word in reverse. For example, ambulancelights becomes sthgilecnalubma. Following the recommended passphrase policy of using a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols, the passphrase then becomes $thg1lecnalubm@.