CCC Password Guidelines

  • Passwords cannot contain the user's account name or parts of the user's full name that exceed two consecutive characters.
  • Passwords must be at least 10 characters in length
  • Passwords must contain at least one character from the three following categories:
    1. English uppercase alphabet characters (A-Z), 2. English lowercase alphabet characters (a-z), 3. Base 10 digits (0-9), 4. Special Character (@#$&, etc.)


Password Safety

Never share your passwords

Keeping your account information private is critical. Nobody, except you, should know them, not even the ITS Help Desk. If someone is asking for your password, they are trying to scam you.

Never reuse passwords

Always use a different password for each account or service. If one account is compromised, no other accounts will be at risk.

Make your passwords hard to guess, but easy to remember

Do not use single words or numbers by themselves. Utilize passphrases, sentences, quotes, or song lyrics as a password. Passphrases like C0met-Kitten-Icecream, or quotes like NeverGive,UpNeverSurrender! or ByGrabthar'sHammer.

Complexity and length of password are Important

Each password should be at least 10+ characters. For enhanced complexity, include uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. A good password should utilize at least 3 of these.

Setup Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

If available, always enable 2-Step Authentication or Multi-Factor Authentication. Even if your password is stolen, having MFA ensures your account will be protected. With MFA, you will be prompted to enter a code, insert a token, or accept a push notification before your account can be accessed. Multiple services are already enforcing additional authentication methods to ensure accounts are not stolen, including Google, Apple, Microsoft, and most Banks.

Use a password manager*

Password managers or Password Vaults are a great way to organize and generate passwords for accounts. Good password managers securely encrypt all data and syncing across devices. Always create a backup of your passwords saved in a password manager through printing out a local copy or saving to an encrypted device in a safe location.

*Coconino Community College does not endorse, recommend, or provide any Password Managers. Examples of popular password managers include: Bitwarden, DashLane, 1Password, LastPass, and KeePass.


Password Information

For information on your Comet ID password review our FAQ's below.

What happens when I first sign-in to myCCC?

Upon first sign-in to the myCCC Portal students will be required to change their password and add recovery information in case of lost credentials. 

For more information, view our  First Time Users How-To Document