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Choosing a Control Center username or password

If you are self-registering as a new Control Center user, changing your Control Center password, or if you're a system admin who's creating user profiles for new users, you might have tried a few usernames and/or passwords without success. Follow the guidelines below for selecting usernames and passwords.

Control Center usernames

For Control Center usernames, there are three things that are helpful to know:
 

  • usernames must be between 4 and 14 characters long
  • usernames can contain letters or numbers
  • usernames should not contain special characters like @, $, !, %, etc.

If you enter a name and get a user already exists message, it means someone in our database has already reserved that name. You'll need to try another username. For example, if johndoe doesn’t work, try johndoe12 instead.

When you delete a user manually, the username remains unavailable for 30 days. After 30 days, you (or someone else) can reuse that username. Usernames that are automatically deleted from Control Center (after 12 months of inactivity) are available immediately after the user is deleted.

Control Center passwords

When you're creating a Control Center password, follow these four requirements:
 

  • passwords must be at least 12 characters long
  • passwords must contain letters and at least one number or symbol
  • passwords cannot be reused within a 12-month period
  • passwords do not expire

We encourage you to create even stronger passwords. One suggestion to create a stronger password is to write a sentence you'll remember and then use the first letter from each word in the sentence to create your password. For example, I bought a little red Corvet for $9000 in 1999 becomes IbalrCf$9i1.

Here are more tips:
 

  • don't include a complete word or series of words (weak = blueSky)
  • don't use obvious substitutions (weak = L0ok0ut)
  • don't reuse any part of an old password

If you forget either your username or password, you can easily retrieve them.

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