Passphrase Requirements

A CalNet passphrase must meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum length of 9 characters (maximum 255). It may also include spaces (which is why we call it a passphrase).
  • It must contain characters from at least three of the following four character groups:
    • English uppercase (A through Z)
    • English lowercase (a through z)
    • numeric digits (0 through 9)
    • non-alphanumeric characters (such as !, #, or %)
  • Without regard to case, the passphrase may not contain your first name, middle name, last name, or your CalNet ID itself if any of these are three characters or longer. 
  • Passphrases cannot be reused. The system will reject reused passphrases.
  • The passphrase will need to pass a passphrase dictionary (CrackLib) test. The passphrase dictionary contains common passphrases such as "password1" and "123QAZwsx" as well as words in a standard English dictionary.