Wharton Passwords: Guidelines and Tips

This article outlines tips and guidelines for creating Wharton and PennKey passwords.

To change your password, see Change / Reset Password.

NOTE - To help take the burden of complex passwords off of your shoulders, Wharton offers access to an encrypted password manager called Lastpass. Find out more about how it works and how to sign-up here.

Wharton Password Guidelines

Your Wharton password must:

  • Be at least 8 characters long.
  • Include at least one numeric character (the digits 0 - 9).
  • Contain at least 1 uppercase AND 1 lowercase letter.

Your Wharton password may:

  • Include any of these special characters:  ! ^ ) _ + - = } ] \ : ; < > ? . /

Your Wharton password must not:

  • Be based on a dictionary word.
    For example: time2go, big$deal, ivyLeague, 2morrow, money$, and Ivyleague are not valid passwords.
  • Contain your PennNet ID, username (even backwards), or your first, middle, or last name.
  • Include special characters other than those listed above.

Tips for Creating a Password

Ideally, your password should be easy for you to remember, but should not make sense to anyone else.

  • Avoid basing your password on your personal information such as your birthday, phone number, address, or other personal information that might be publicly available.
  • Replace letters with numbers that look similar to make an easy to remember yet strong password. 
    • For example, turn "Wireless" into "W1r3l3ss" or "learning" into "13arn1ng"
  • Try creating a password that is two short words separated by a number. Make sure that each word is a blend of upper and lower case characters. If the word is a dictionary word, please make sure that it is less than 4 characters in length.
    • For example: red66Blu6, Top007Cat, hoT369Dog, grt99Tmes, baD333Dayz are passwords created using this technique.
  • Use the first letter of each word in a sentence that's easy for you to remember. 
    • For example: the sentence "Skydiving is fun, but it is too dangerous" becomes. . . SiFBii2D. The sentence is easy to remember, but is difficult to guess. By capitalizing several letters, replacing the "," with a "-", and changing the word "too" to the number "2" the password meets the complexity guidelines.