Password Requirements

The BSOE adheres to a strict policy regarding password strength.  All BSOE passwords must meet the following requirements:

  • Passwords must be at least 8 characters long
  • Passwords may not contain dictionary words or your user ID.
  • Passwords must contain at least three out of four character classes.  The four character classes are: upper case letters, lower case letters, digits and punctuation.  So, a password that contains upper and lower case letters and digits would meet the requirement, as would a password with lower case letters, digits and punctuation.

Passwords that do not meet these requirements will be rejected.

ITS also publishes a password policy that may supersede the BSOE policy.  In the event of a discrepancy, you should defer to the stronger of the two policies when choosing your password.