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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?

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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.

https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx

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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

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  • 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
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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. Also...in 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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Old 07-12-2013, 12:32 PM   #6
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