About Passwords

Your ePantherID and password is your user name and password to access many services at UWM, as well as protect your private information and data from access by others.  You are responsible for protecting your password.

Passwords may include upper case, lower case, numbers and/or non-alphanumeric characters.  In your password:

  • Use at least ten (10) or more characters, and
  • Not more than thirty-two (32) characters
  • Mix UPPER CASE, lower case, numbers and symbols to strengthen your password and increase your password strength score.
  • Do not use double-quote ("), backslash (\), or unprintable characters other than spaces

Potential new passwords will be checked for "guessability" as you type, and a score from Very Weak to Very Strong computed.  Passwords must be judged "Strong" or better to be acceptable.

Tips for Picking and Protecting your Password


  • Change your password on a recurring basis.
  • Utilize spaces to create a memorable sentence.
  • Strengthen a memorable password by substituting numbers or special characters for letters.
  • Select a unique password for UWM use only; do NOT use a password in use for other services.
  • Always use the "log out" feature (if the service provides one) when you are finishing using a service or if you walk away from the computer.
  • Close all browser windows when done.


  • Write down your password.
  • Tell anyone your password not even trusted family members, your professor, your supervisor or computer support staff.
  • Use your name or variations of your name, including your ePantherID.
  • Use your address or other information that is easily discoverable or known.

For security reasons, you should not save your ePantherID password in applications or Web browsers. This prevents unauthorized users from using your credentials to access the network or ePanther services. In addition, you won't have to update your password in those applications when you change it.