Are Bad Password Attempts Locking You Out?
It is an IT industry standard to limit the number of bad password attempts. It helps prevent rapid-fire automated attempts from malicious computers trying to hack into people's accounts. Towson is not alone in having such a rule for bad password attempts.
The Faculty/Staff Help Center has seen a substantial surge in the number of people getting locked out of their account after four consecutive bad password attempts. The most common reason for these lockouts is changing the password on your computer, and not changing the password on your smart phone or tablet type mobile device.
Here is some background to explain how this can happen, how to minimize the chances of it happening to you, and what to do if you get locked out.
Three General Reasons for Lockouts
How to Get Unlocked
OTS Can Investigate Repeated Lockout Incidents
Common Reasons Accounts Get Locked Out at Towson University