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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, such as those based on your name or on words that appear in language or specialized dictionaries can be easily cracked and offer little protection.

Password Guidelines

To change your UNCW domain password before it expires:

  1. Office PCs: You may update your domain password by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete on your office PC or laptop and selecting “Change Password” from the available options.
  2. Office Macs or from Off Campus: Use Outlook Web Access (OWA). From within OWA, click Options (upper right of screen) then click on Change Password (on left panel). When asked, use UNCW for Domain.

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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