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Old 07-11-2013, 04:58 PM   #1
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DFAS password security

If you receive military retired pay it will take many key strokes to access your pay data in the furure.

All thanks to PFC Brad Manning?

DFAS is implementing a new password security system for its MyPay online pay program. If you use MyPay, go to these pages to learn more about the password changes. The new system requires a lengthy 15 to 30 character password with the use of special characters. Plus, we have to change passwords every 60 days.

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Old 07-11-2013, 05:26 PM   #2
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Old 07-11-2013, 05:37 PM   #3
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This is too much. From the announcement

  • Must be 15 to 30 characters in length
  • Contain at least two UPPERCASE letters
  • Contain at least two lowercase letters
  • Contain at least two numbers (0-9)
  • Contain at least two of the following special characters:
    • # (pound or number sign)]
    • @ (at sign)
    • $ (dollar sign)
    • = (equal sign)
    • ^ (caret)
    • ! (exclamation)
    • * (asterisk)
    • _ (underline/underscore)
  • Must NOT include any spaces
and then
If you must write down your password on a piece of paper, make sure it stays locked up in a secure place. If you save it to your computer, flash drive or other media device, make sure the document is encrypted and/or password protected.
So, keep it protected by another password that is less secure?

As for the "if you must write it down" (my emphasis) I couldn't even remember the rules, let alone a password that espires in 60 days. This is nuts. In most cases, more security is really less secure.

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Old 07-11-2013, 06:50 PM   #4
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Yeah, I'm really looking forward to this. I currently have to use this system to access my federal civil service pay account, and when I retire I will still have to use it. 4 yrs I will be using it twice as much to access my military retirement account. Lovely.
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Old 07-12-2013, 07:48 AM   #5
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Since I use 1Password for everything, I didn't find this requirement to be any problem. You need a 12 character password to get access to my 1Password, and you need a 25 character password to get access to my hard drive, so I feel fairly confident about security.
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