- Linfield College
Information Technology Services

Creating Secure Passwords

Passwords should not be shared with anyone!
Be careful where you record and store a password.
Never provide your password or send via email (not even to ITS!).

Linfield Catnet Passwords MUST meet these requirements:

  • Minimum length: 8 characters
  • Maximum length: 24 characters
  • At least one uppercase letter
  • At least one lower case letter
  • At least one number
  • You can use non-alphanumeric characters (not required) except for the following: ; \ ? : @ & = < >

Suggestions for creating a strong password

  • Use a mix of numbers, special characters, upper and lower case letters (not including these: ; \ ? : @ & = < >)
  • Incorporate non-alphabetic characters in common words, e.g., “kitch3n”
  • Substitute numbers for words, syllables, and letters in common words (e.g, “Ireze2cU” instead of “It's really easy to see you”)
  • Use the first letters of a phrase, movie, book or song title, substituting numbers for letters. (e.g. “22igafwniKa” instead of “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore”)

Do Not Use

  • Spaces
  • Social Security Number
  • User ID Name
  • Street Address
  • Phone Number
  • Birth Date
  • Family Names
  • Identifiable words or numbers that can be tied to your identity
  • Recycled version of another password
  • Common words that can be found in any dictionary

To change your password before it expires:

  • Login to WebAdvisor (webadvisor.linfield.edu) with your current password
  • Click on Change Password (lower right menu)
  • Enter your user ID, your old password, a new password and a password hint
  • Click Submit

To change your password after it expires or if you have forgotten your password:

  • Access WebAdvisor (webadvisor.linfield.edu)
  • Click on What’s My Password (lower right menu)
  • Select Reset my password
  • Enter your last name and your Colleague ID number (this is your staff ID number)
  • WebAdvisor will return a list of email addresses, including a non-Linfield email address.
  • Choose the non-Linfield email and click Submit
  • An email with your temporary password will be sent to the email address you selected. Check your email to retrieve your temporary password.
  • Login to WebAdvisor with your temporary password. You will be prompted to change your password immediately.