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The following restrictions will apply to all normal, name-based NetID accounts:

  • Maximum duration (before password expires):

180 days since last change or reset

  • Days warning before expiration:

30 days

  • Warning page auto-redirects after few seconds:

Force user to click “Update password” or “Ignore”

  • May change password via web self-service before it expires:

Yes, visit to change your password at any time

  • Grace period (# of times old password will be accepted) after password has expired:


  • May reset password via web self-service (after it expires):

Yes, visit to change your password at any time

  • May reset via call or fax (versus “physical proofing” by a designated USF employee) to Help Desk:


  • History / Reusability (New password cannot match any of this many previously recorded ones):

10 previously recorded passwords

  • Minimum length:

8 characters

  • Maximum length:

132 characters

  • Complexity / Strength:

New passwords must score sufficiently high against a list of password strength library of over 75,000 common passwords. The score increases as you include numbers, mixed-case, special characters, or increase the length. Password strength meter must read at least “Good” before the new password will be accepted.

  • Display of a user-selected phrase and image to validate that it’s our system requesting their password and not a phishing scam:

Currently not available.

  • Maximum failed login attempts (which can be used by to combat “brute force” attacks) from the same IP address (which CAS knows) before that IP-address is “locked":

100 per minute

  • Maximum failed login attempts (which can be used by to combat “brute force” attacks) against the same account (which LDAP knows) before that account is “locked”:

100 per hour

  • Failed-login lockout duration:

Permanent, unless manually reset

If you are unable to solve your issue with this knowledge article you can contact the IT Service Desk by calling (813) 974-HELP (4357) or emailing 

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