On June 15, CWRU user login requirements were changed to promote stronger security and improve usability. This change requires users to convert passwords associated with their network ID (abc123) to passphrases. Passphrases are an improvement over passwords because they are more difficult to brute-force guess while also remaining easy to remember. This is a reminder that if you have not already done so, your password must be updated to a passphrase by Jan. 18, 2021. Users can make this update today.
Minimum required character length will increase from eight characters to 12.
Passphrases can contain words and spaces (e.g. “correct horse battery staple”).
Complexity of a passphrase will be calculated by a meter while the user creates it.
To ensure strong passphrases, minimum complexity is required, indicated by a “green” score on the passphrase meter.