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Password Requirements

On October 1, 2013, password requirements for all Lilly employees, contractors and collaborators were modified to require stronger, more complex words or phrases to help protect Lilly assets. Using a pass phrase or mixing characters or numbers within the password rather than including them only at the beginning or end, are among several best practices to thwart hackers.

Do not write your password down or share with another individual - these actions could quickly become a key for unauthorized access to Lilly's information assets.

  • Requirements

    • 8–15 characters, using at least three of the following:
      • uppercase letter
      • lowercase letter
      • number
      • special character (example: #, @, !, ^)
    • Must not be one of the last 10 passwords used
    • Avoid using letters with accents (e.g., é, à, ù, â, ê, î, ô, û, ë, ï, ç)
  • When changing your password, consider the following best practices:

    • Try using a pass "phrase" or multiple words, including spaces and punctuation. The longer the password, the more effective the protection from hackers
    • Mix special characters or numbers within the password rather than including them only at the beginning or end. Hackers anticipate patterns like the capital letter being the first character and numbers at the end of the password
    • Avoid using a single, common word
    • Avoid using any part of your name or system ID in your password
    • Avoid incrementing a number in your old password to create your new password. (For example, don’t use 1 fluFfyK1tten, then 2 fluFfyK1tten$, etc.)
    • Using a phrase like URpa$swRdc0unts could be an easier way to create a memorable password.
    • Adding spaces can also strengthen the password.


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