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Create Strong Passwords

Why: Creating a strong password that is hard to guess, or “crack,” makes it difficult for a malicious program or another person to take control of your computer without your knowledge. Weak passwords offer little protection.

Password Guidelines

To change your UNCW domain password before it expires:

To change your UNCW domain password after it expires:

  1. Go to the UNCW Home Page
  2. Click your current role ("Faculty & Staff" or "Current Students")
  3. Click Change Password

To change the local password on a personally-owned computer:

Remember to change your password on all your devices and special UNCW computer applications.

If you enter the wrong password several times, you may be locked out of your account. If you do experience this, contact the TAC for assistance.

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