Changing Your IAS Password

Your IAS password 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 password or you just want to update it, this article will show you how to change your password as well as provide suggestions to maintain your password security. 

Password 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 password, and your new password, 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 password.
  1. From the top menu bar, navigate to System Preferences > Users and Groups.
  2. Click on your username and select Change Password.
  3. Enter your old password, type your new password and then verify your new password by retyping it.
  4. (Optional) Enter a password hint if desired.
  5. Click Change Password.
  6. Log off your computer and log back in to try the new password.

 

  1. Open a web browser and visit vpn.ias.edu.
  2. Log in using your IAS credentials.
  3. Select Password Changer.
  4. Fill out the fields:
    • Domain/username: Type IAS\ as your domain followed by your IAS username.
    • Current password: Enter your current IAS password.
    • New password: Type your new desired password for your IAS account. Use the tips below to create a strong password.
    • Confirm new password: Retype your new desired password.
      Screenshot of the IAS Password Changer app
  5. Click Submit.
  6. You will receive the following message: Your password has been successfully changed.

IAS Password Policy

  • Change your password at least twice a year.
  • It should have a minimum of 8 alphanumeric and special characters.
  • It should contain at least three of the four types of characters: uppercase, lowercase, numbers, 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 passwords that meet IAS's password criteria:
    • Flp#4678
    • Ney#beir
    • t@d$bPr6
    • r2ib67$Wq
  • Do not lend your password to other individuals. The potential for abuse is too great if others know your password.

Password Security Recommendations

  • Never share your password. Do not be fooled by suspicious emails asking you for your password. As a simple rule, never share it with anyone.
  • Change your password on a regular basis, at least twice a year.
  • When creating a password, you should use a combination of numbers, symbols, and letters (uppercase and lowercase).
  • Worried about writing your passwords down where other people can see them? Use a password safe.password safe allows you to securely save your passwords in one safe place. Make sure to backup your password 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.

Password Creation Tips

How do you make passwords 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 passwords, put your password in between symbols. For example, baseball38 is a weak password, however, (Baseball38# is much better.

  • When you change your password, you should always change at least half of the characters to something new. For example, love2drive! could be used for the first 90 days and then you can switch to love2run# 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 S0ci%Exp0n.

  • Spell a word in reverse. For example, ambulance becomes ecnalubma. Following the recommended password policy of using a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols, the password then becomes 3cna1ubm@.