Create a Strong Password

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Create a Strong Password

CedarNet passwords guard a variety of information, including financial records and other sensitive personal data. They also serve to protect your identity and reputation by keeping others from accessing your email, CedarNet, and CedarInfo records. For information on how to create a strong and reliable password, see the guidelines and resources below.

CedarNet Password Expiration

CedarNet passwords expire every 360 days for most current student, faculty, staff, and department accounts. Some Cedarville divisions (and their student workers) have stricter expiration timeframes (e.g., 180 days). Most alumni and parent passwords also automatically expire.

You will receive a notice when your password is about to expire. After that time, you will have 10 grace logins before your CedarNet account is locked. If you are locked out of your account, please call Information Technology at 937-766-7905 for a temporary password.

If you use Google delegation for a department email account (e.g., Admissions), you may not receive any advance notice that the department account password is about to expire. Instead, the department account may just stop working at some point. Feel free to call Information Technology for a temporary password to access your department email account.


Afterwards, you must log in to CedarInfo with the department username and temporary password to reset the password for your department account.

It is very important to have a strong password to protect your CedarNet account and your data.

Password Guidelines

Information technology recommends that your CedarNet password:

  1. Be at least 8 characters long.
  2. Contain a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols.
  3. Contain no dictionary words.
  4. Contain no common dates or numbers (such as your birthday, social security number, ID number).
  5. Contain no personally-identifiable information (i.e., your name, names of relatives or friends, your hometown, your pets, etc.)
  6. Be easy for you to remember, but hard for others to guess.


If you are creating a password for a gaming device, Information Technology recommends that you use a password that differs from your CedarNet password. A compromise of your gaming password will create significant security risks if it is used for your school accounts as well.

Additional Resources

For step-by-step information on creating a strong and memorable password, refer to Microsoft's Safety and Security resources.

Also, try out this password checker to see how strong your passwords are!

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