eID Password Rules

The requirements for the VCU eID password are as follows. The eID password:

  • Must be at least 12 characters long
  • Must contain at least three of the following characters:
    • uppercase letter (A-Z)
    • lowercase letter (a-z)
    • number (0-9)
    • special character (e.g. @,#,$,%)
  • Cannot contain your eID, first name, middle name or last name
  • Cannot have commonly used words like VCU, Password or Rams
  • Cannot be a password you have used in the past

Strong passwords cannot be guessed easily. Hackers often use automated tools to help them guess or crack passwords, and the easier a password is to guess, the faster a hacker can break into a system. Here are some basic rules to follow to help protect your account from unauthorized access.

  • Do not use all or part of your eID in your eID password
  • Do not use all or part of your name in your eID password
  • Avoid capitalizing first character only. Adding several upper case letters throughout password is best.
  • Consider using a passphrase or sentence that is made up of multiple words and characters (e.g. IluvmyVCURamz!) 
  • Do not use numbers in place of similar letters to form a word
    • Hackers know that people do this so Passw0rd and C0mm0nw3alth are not strong passwords
  • Do not use consecutive letters or numbers (e.g. Abcdef5g or o1234567Tn)
  • Do not use adjacent keys on your keyboard (e.g. qWert6y)
  • Do not write down your password
  • Do not allow your browser to remember your passwords
  • Do not share your password with anyone

This article was updated: 12/18/2018