EU Account Password Complexity Requirements


Problem: I do not know what the complexity requirements are for EU Account Passwords.

Answer: As of August, 2016 all EU Account Passwords must meet the following complexity requirements:

  • Minimum length of 9 characters
  • Must contain at least 1 character from 3 of the 4 types below, in any combination:
    • Lower case (abcd…)
    • Upper case (…WXYZ)
    • Numeric (1234…)
    • Special ($#@!...)

 Additionally, the following checks will be in place:

  • Password cannot match or be similar to username. The system will give you a message letting you know if your password will not work
  • Password cannot be a repeat of your last 10 passwords
  • Password cannot change for than once per day


What NOT to use for a password: “evangel1111”, although it meets the length requirement, it doesn’t have at least 1 character from 3 of the 4 character types. Plus, in this example, even if it did, using the word “Evangel” and our street address “1111” is not a very secure password.

What TO use for a password: “1Like$andwiches”, here a concept called character replacement takes the phrase “I like sandwiches” and replaces the “I” with “1” and the “s” with “$”. Now we have a password that meets all the requirements and is fairly easy to remember. Just remember to do this for your own password, please don’t actually use this example as your password.


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