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CalNet Passphrase Requirements:

A CalNet passphrase must meet the following requirements:

  1. A minimum length of 9 characters (maximum 255). It may also include spaces (which is why we call it a passphrase).
  2. It must contain characters from at least three of the following four character groups:
    1. English uppercase (A through Z)
    2. English lowercase (a through z)
    3. numeric digits (0 through 9)
    4. non-alphanumeric characters (such as !, $, #, or %)
  3. 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. (See the document Passwords must meet complexity requirements for the CalNetAD passphrase rules with which all CalNet passphrases also must be compatible.)
  4. Any time you change your passphrase, the new one may not be the same as the current or previous passphrase.
  5. As of Jan 1 2014, 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.


The space character does not fall under any of the four character groups, and does not count toward the passphrase complexity requirements.

Helpful Hint

To make your CalNet passphrase more meaningful and easier for you to remember, try using a properly punctuated sentence. For example, make your passphrase be a short complete sentence or phrase that uses an uppercase first letter and includes a punctuation character at the end. Just keep in mind requirement 3 above. If you make your passphrase a short sentence, you will likely meet the CalNet Passphrase requirements and also have a passphrase that you can more easily remember.

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