Password Protection

Strong and Secure

Use a strong password on all user accounts, from computer log-ins to email accounts. If the security of your password is in doubt, change it immediately. This is especially important for any accounts with administrative privileges; if it has been more than 12 months since you last updated your password, let this serve as a friendly reminder to refresh it today! 

Northeastern Password Requirements

Passwords must contain at least 15 characters, must not be a repeat of any previously used passwords, and must be updated annually.  

Other Requirements
In addition, remember that passwords must not contain values relating to your Northeastern identity such as your name, your username, or your email address. 

Passwords must also contain the following: 

  • 1 lowercase character
  • 1 numeric character
  • 1 special character (excluding backslash) 
  • 1 uppercase character

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

2FA is an additional resource used to help protect the Northeastern community by securing accounts with two layers of authentication. The first layer is a PIN number or password, and the second is something that you physically have, such as a device. 

2FA, like most tools, is only as strong as you make it. Be sure to choose a strong password for your first layer of security within 2FA and adhere to requirements to update that password annually.