Having a strong password is increasingly important. Weak passwords can be "guessed" or "cracked" using free software available online, allowing unauthorized access that can result in identity crimes, extortion, or damage to reputation through the disclosure of sensitive or private information (yours and RIT's). Follow the below standards and subscribe to our blog for password tips and tricks!


Choosing a strong password and changing it regularly are two of the most important things you can do to protect yourself online. The RIT Password Standard sets the requirements for your RIT Computer Account password.

Password Standard

  • Be at least 8 characters long
  • Use both upper and lower case letters and at least one number or symbol (in the middle of the password, not placed at the beginning or end)
  • Change it every 120 days (at a minimum)
  • DO NOT use your username
  • DO NOT reuse for at least six changes of password

For more information, visit Creating Strong Passwords

RIT Computer Accounts

To change the password for your RIT Computer Account, visit Contact the ITS HelpDesk (585-475-HELP) if you've forgotten your password or it is not working.

Desktop and Portable Computer Security Standard

Desktop and Portable Computer Standard

To protect the RIT community and the Institute network from computer-borne threats, RIT has created minimum security requirements for desktop and laptop computers.

What does it apply to?

  • All RIT-owned or leased computers.
  • Any computer (physical or virtual) connecting to the RIT network through a physical, wireless, dial-up, or VPN connection.

The standard does not apply to:

  • Computers used only to access RIT web pages, Webmail, etc. from off campus. (RIT strongly recommends that users follow the requirements of the standard on all computers.)
  • Cell phones, pagers, PDAs, and other special purpose devices that connect to the Institute network solely through Web, portal, or application access.

What do I need to do?

Desktop and Portable Computer Standard



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