The NHSmail password policy was introduced in May 2019 to help keep the NHSmail service safe in line with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) guidelines.
Passwords are valid for 365 days and all users will receive reminders to change their password via email 18, 10, 5, 2 and 1 day(s) before it’s expiry date.
All passwords must follow the following criteria:
- They must be 10 characters or more in length without spaces;.
- They must not match the previous 4 passwords used;
- Must not contain the users First Name or Last Name within the password;
- Not detected as a common password, for example Password123, Winter2018;
- Not detected as a breached password (a password used for an account that has previously been compromised or identified as having been breached according to an internet-based breach database).
- Application account passwords must follow the same password complexity criteria as above but have a minimum length of 20 characters.
Some reminders to help users keep their NHSmail account active and get the best experience from their account:
- Add mobile number and security questions to their profile – this will allow a user to reset their own password and unlock their account.
- Change password on all devices – to prevent their account from becoming locked, users will need to update their password on all the devices (including personal devices) that they use to access NHSmail, for example mobile phone, Outlook desktop, tablet etc.
|Last Reviewed Date||03/09/2022|