CWRU Login Now Requires Passphrase

Last summer, CWRU user login requirements were changed to promote stronger security and improve usability. This change required users to convert passwords associated with their network ID (abc123) to passphrases. The update fully went into effect January 18. Passphrases are an improvement over passwords because they are more difficult to brute-force guess while also remaining easy to remember.

What’s happened?

  • Minimum required character length increased 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.
  • Users enrolled in CWRU Duo Security two-factor authentication system will no longer need to change their login passphrases annually.

Learn more about passphrases. If you are having difficulty changing or resetting your passphrase, please contact the [U]Tech Service Desk at 216.368.HELP (4357), or email at