Create a Secure and Memorable Passphrase
How can you make a memorable UMN password that is still secure?
Did you know it would take 16 billion times longer to crack a 16-character password compared to an 8-character password?
16+ character passwords can actually be easier to remember. Instead of using a single word with lots of character types (uppercase, lowercase, special characters, and numerals), you can use more words with fewer character types. Think of your password as a passphrase.
For example, a secure 8-letter password includes 3 or more character types (uppercase, lowercase, special characters, and/or numerals) might look something like this:
An even more secure passphrase includes just 2 of the character types (use uppercase and lowercase) and looks something like this:
"Pony Hockey Spaghetti" or "I love cheese sauce" (You can include spaces if you like!)
How to Create a Secure Passphrase
The University's password policy requires 16+ character passphrases using a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters.
To reset your password, visit the password reset page on my-account.umn.edu.
Choose 3 random words, a short phrase, or even a song lyric—just make sure there are 16 or more characters—and use at least one of each: uppercase and lowercase letters. You can also use special characters and numbers, but the University will only require you to use uppercase and lowercase letters.
Learning Objectives Addressed
If you have forgotten your internet ID password, you can reset it on your own through our self-service password reset system.
In order to use the online password reset system, you must first set up your 3 password reset questions in My Account.