Password Information

Default Password

All users have been assigned a default (or initial) SageNet password.

At your first opportunity you should 'register' and change your SageNet account password using our 'Password Reset' function found on our MySage portal.

Note: you do not have to log into MySage to use the password reset functions.

The following rules apply when changing your password:

  • Your password must have at least 8 characters
  • It must contain at least:
    • one capital letter and
    • one lower case letter and
    • one special character (numerals, punctuation or symbols).
  • Notes:
    • your password cannot contain your user name or full name
    • your password cannot repeat the last three previous passwords

In addition to these requirements, passwords should:

Never be shared, written down, or e-mailed to others and be easy to remember (for you, not others!) - The temptation to use loved ones names, birthdays and anniversaries is great. But "easy to remember" can also become "easy to guess." And, in a world where hackers use sophisticated software to crack passwords, an easy password is an open invitation. The challenge is to create something that is memorable for you but tough for others to decipher.

Be changed frequently - For security precautions we suggest you change your password as often as possible.

Be altered when used for multiple applications - A common trick is to integrate the application description into a base password that does not change, such as 1!T%@p ("I love to look at paintings"). When used for database access, it might change to d1!T%@pB; used for ISP access, it might change to W1!T%@pb.

Password Tricks - Using Mnemonics to Create Memorable Passwords

One way to create a memorable password is to use mnemonics to disguise personal information in a way that is logical for you. Write out a sentence that has personal meaning for you. Then, take the first (or last) letters and mix with numbers and symbols to create your password.

Example #1:

"I donated five thousand dollars to The Sage Colleges in 2001"
Becomes: Id$5TSC01
Capital "I"; lower case "d" replaces " I donated"; $5 replaces "five thousand dollars "; capital "TSC" replaces "to The Sage Colleges"; "01" replaces 2001.

Example #2:

"I have a girl who is 17 and a boy who is 5"
Becomes: Ig#17b#5
Capital "I"; lower case "g" replaces " girl"; "#17" replaces " who is 17"; "b" replaces " and a boy"; "#5" replaces "who is 5."

(Specific definitions of the aforementioned rules) English lowercase characters (a through z)
English uppercase characters (A through Z)
Numerals (0 through 9)
Non-alphabetic characters (such as !, $, #, %)

If you require any assistance or have any questions, please contact our Helpdesk at (518)244-4777, email at helpdesk@sage.edu or check online in our Knowledge Base.