Create a Secure Passphrase

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An ECU passphrase must be at least eight characters and contain 3-4 of the following categories as outlined in the ECU Passphrase Standard: 1) upper case letters, 2) lower case letters, 3) numbers, 4) special characters (!, @, *). Your ECU passphrase must be changed every 90 days. Set your passphrase or texting number, change your security questions, unlock your PirateID or change your notification email address through the Passphrase Maintenance website.


Step 1.

Make up a sentence you can remember. Example: "My dog, Sylvia, has a birthday January 14."

Step 2.

Take the first letter of each word (MdShabJ1), and

  • make 1-2 letters uppercase
  • make at least one letter a number
  • make one character a special character (!@#$)

Step 3.

The new passphrase is Md$habJ1



Security Tips for All User

When Creating Your Passphrase, NEVER:

  • Use any word contained in a dictionary, spelling list or other word list in any language.
  • Use the word, password, as your passphrase. This includes using numbers or special characters to make the word look different.
  • Use personal information to form your passphrase.
  • Use transformations such as reversing the spelling, changing upper case to lower case or using all caps.
  • Write down your passphrase and post it in an easily-guessed location.
  • Select a passphrase that is common to everyone (Go@Pirates!).

Passphrase Security for Faculty and Staff

  • NEVER give your passphrase to anyone. Not even your supervisor can ask you to disclose your passphrase.
  • Do not reply to emails requesting your personal information. These emails are fraudulent.
  • If you think someone may have obtained your passphrase, change it immediately using the passphrase maintenance portal and notify the IT Service Desk at 252-328-9866.
  • Don't reveal personal information on the phone. Identity thieves are known to ask seemingly innocuous questions that reveal confidential information.
  • If an ITCS service technician needs your passphrase, you will be asked to type it in yourself. Ask for identification if you are not sure about the person.
  • DO change the passphrase after the technician leaves.
  • Never use the "remember this password" feature in your browser.
  • ALWAYS lock your computer whenever you leave it.
  • Turn off your office computer at the end of your work day.


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