McGill Password news
As part of an ongoing effort to streamline services, the McGill Password Security Questions (PSS) tool was decommissioned on Monday, February 23. While this tool was initially launched with the goal of providing additional security questions and password reset functionality to our end-users, it essentially duplicated options that were already available in Minerva and caused user confusion.
As previously announced in the McGill Reporter and on this site, IT Services will be doubling your McGill Password if you have not yet changed it since asked in May. Once your password is doubled, when you log in to any McGill system or computer with your McGill Username and Password (e.g. email, wireless, VPN, myCourses), you will have to type out your password twice.
If you didn't change your McGill Password after the Heartbleed vulnerability was announced earlier this year, we strongly encourage you to do so. Take advantage of the increased password length and create a more secure McGill Password without delay! Instead of being restricted to EXACTLY 8 characters in length, you can now create a password that is 8 to 18 characters in length.
As of 5pm on Wednesday, July 16, IT Services implemented an increase in the length of the McGill Password. Instead of being restricted to EXACTLY 8 characters in length, you can now create a password that is 8 to 18 characters in length.
Back in April, you may have heard of the Heartbleed vulnerability and its potential impact on McGill. All of McGill’s central IT systems have been evaluated, and updates were applied where needed. Since it is always a good practice to periodically change passwords, we encourage you to reset your McGill Password at this time.
In April, we emailed you about the Heartbleed vulnerability and its potential impact on McGill. All of McGill’s central IT systems have been evaluated, and updates were applied where needed. As a final precaution, we strongly encourage you to change your McGill Password without delay. If you are a McGill staff member, you are required to change your password.