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Before Using Ws-FTP for the first time
you should change your password from the default password to one of your choosing.
To change your password you need to use the Telnet program see below:
Before using Ws-FTP I strongly advise you to change the default password to one of your choosing.
The default password is based on your first initial and date of birth in the format (xddmmyyyy) e.g. if your name is Rebecca Carr and you were born on the 21st of May 1980 your default password would be r21051980 This is not secure!
When choosing a new password you must comply with the following requirements : The first 6 characters of the password must contain at least two alphabetic characters and at least one numeric or special character.
Click on the Start button, select Run... and then type telnet and press the OK button.
In these notes each step in a sequence is separated by the pipe | character see below:
Start | Run | telnet | OK
Connect | Remote System...
Your login name is your student ID number as displayed on your ID card. e.g. 2251234 or in some cases prefixed with m e.g. m980123.
The default password is set to the first letter of your first name, and full date of birth as a eight (8) digit number (xddmmyyyy). e.g. r21051980
Note: In most cases the first initial should be entered
You will not see any characters echoed
to the screen as you type
If you make a mistake when entering your password press the enter key,
Note: the command is passwd not password.
Changing password for [login
If you do not see the above message return to step 8 above.
Enter your default password again, e.g. the first letter of your first
Once again you will not see the password appear on the screen.
If any other message appears return to step 8 above.
Enter a password of your choice.
Note: UNIX passwords are case sensitive - upper
and lower case
The first 6 characters of the password must contain at least two
Using the name of your pet or boyfriend/girlfriend is not
WStB1 this looks like an easy password to forget unless you like the
This is to make sure that you did not mistype your password.
Passwd (SYSTEM): passwd successfully changed for [login name].
If any you received an error message you should return to step 8 above.
See Ws-FTP notes.
Russell, R. (2003, December 3). Telnet notes. Retrieved December 3, 2003, from