Passphrases are passwords made up of at least 15 characters. They are significantly safer than previous password standards and also easier to remember. As of June 27, 2019, anyone with a NetID will need to use a passphrase when updating their password.
Here are examples of hard-to-remember passwords compared to easier-to-remember passphrases:
More About Passphrases
Research shows that a 15 character passphrase is much harder for criminals to crack than the old standard of at least 8 characters. Passphrases can also be simple phrases - there is no requirement for any special characters, capital letters, or numbers.
NetID passwords expire every 365 days; therefore, you will need to set a new passphrase once a year.
Why are passphrases better than passwords?
- They're easier to remember than random symbols and letters combined.
- Passphrases are harder for computers to guess than passwords.
- All major operating systems including Windows and MacOS, allow passphrases of up to 127 characters long.
- Adding uppercase and/or punctuation makes your passphrase even more secure.