Passwords not only keep your work safe and available to you, practicing good password hygeine protects the systems we all share. Please do your part!

Password Basics
  • Your password is for you only. Don't share it!
  • Nobody at GSSM will ever ask you for your GSSM password.
  • Passwords expire every 180 days.
  • After 9 invalid login attempts within 5 minutes, no additional login attempts will be accepted for 5 minutes.
  • Passwords must be at least 8 characters long, containing a capitalized letter, lower case letter, number, and special character.
Single-Sign On

Your network password, the password you use to log into your computer, is also used to authenticate to other services:

Outlook PowerSchool/PowerTeacher
Genetec Naviance
Virtual Desktops Visix
VPN Wifi networks

Therefore, when you change your network password, it will change for all of the other services too.

Resetting Your Password - On campus, using a school computer
  1. Log into your computer
  2. Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete
  3. Select Change a password
  4. Provide a password that meets the password requirements and is not one that was recently used.
Resetting Your Password - Off campus, or using your own computer
  1. Register an account recovery method, either a phone or alternate email account, here. If you've done this before, skip this step.
  2. Go to the Outlook login page here.
  3. Select, or enter, your full GSSM email address.
  4. When asked for your password, select Forgot my password.
  5. Follow the instructions to verify your identity via your phone or alternate email account.
  6. Provide a password that meets the password requirements and is not one that was recently used.

IMPORTAN NOTE: If you change your password while off campus, using a school computer, the password you use to log into that computer may not change until you either bring it back to campus or connect to campus using the VPN. The password will be changed in Outlook, and all of the other connected single-sign on services.

Password Strategies

Remembering passwords across multiple sites is challenging. GSSM's single-sign on system reduces the number of passwords you manage, but it's helpful to have a system to simplify things.

Here is a strategy that many have found helpful...

Create passwords consisting of two words separated by a special character. The first word is simple, always entered in all lowercase letters, and changes frequently. The second word contains the uppercase letter and the number. It does not change.

For instance: waffle!F3ver

In this example, !F3ver is the base that doesn't change. It provides 6 of the 8 required characters and all of the complexity. You can attach it to any word that is 2 letters long or longer. You really only need to remember the first word, because you already know what the complex second word will be. When waffle!F3ver exipres, just pick a new first word, llike horse. You can use horse!F3ver until it expires.

Besides being easy to remember, this strategy lets you easily use longer passwords (waffle!F3ver is 12 characters long) which are very secure.