My university sent me an email informing me that, during a "periodic check", my password was found to be "easily discoverable and at risk of compromise". As I understand it, there shouldn't be a way for them to periodically check my password unless my password was stored in plaintext. My question:
- Is my understanding wrong, or has my university been storing my password in plaintext?
UPDATE: The school IT department linked me to a page explaining the various ways they check passwords. Part of the page allowed me to run the tests on my university account and display the password if it was indeed discovered from their tests. The password it displayed was an older (weaker) password of mine that was simply English words separated by spaces, which explains how they were able to find it. Thank you to all who answered.