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:

B0bc@ts18Xz5 Arrow points right ilovetxstatebobcats!

V3rYD!ff1cultPW70$ Arrow points right PaperEagleSOARS

H@rd2R3mbrPW!25 Arrow points right CoffeeOrchestraChicken172


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?

  1. They're easier to remember than random symbols and letters combined.
  2. Passphrases are harder for computers to guess than passwords.
  3. All major operating systems including Windows and MacOS, allow passphrases of up to 127 characters long.
  4. Adding uppercase and/or punctuation makes your passphrase even more secure.