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Alternatively, you can choose a passphrase of
Alternatively, you can choose a passphrase of characters or more. With a passphrase, there is no requirement to use different types of characters. However, it must still not be based on your name.
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There are four methods for changing the password for your ECE account. Whichever method you use, the same new password will apply for Windows workstations in the UBC_ECE domain, Unix/Linux servers and workstations managed by ECE IT Services, and ECE mail servers.
Method 1: Using the Self-Service ECE Account Management web application
You can use this method if you know your old password. Students, faculty, and staff who have a Campus-Wide Login account can also use this method even if you don't know the password for your ECE account.
- Go to https://id.ece.ubc.ca
- Log in using either your ECE or CWL account
- If you are eligible for a self-service password change, click Change Password…. Otherwise, you will have to change your password in person (see Method 4 below).
Method 2: Using a Windows workstation
You can do this on a Windows workstation in the UBC_ECE domain, such as those in the undergraduate computer labs.
- Log on using your ECE account (be sure to select the UBC_ECE domain when doing so)
- Press Ctrl-Alt-Del
- Click on Change Password...
- Ensure that Log on to is set to the UBC_ECE domain. (Changing the password for your account in any other domain, such as UBC_ECE_STAFF, does not affect your Unix / mail password.)
- Enter your old and new passwords
Method 3: Using one of the ssh-linux servers
You can do this from any Internet-connected computer that has an Secure Shell client.
- Use SSH to connect to ssh.ece.ubc.ca
- At the shell prompt, run the passwd command
- Enter your old and new passwords when prompted
Method 4: In person
See IT staff in MCLD 105 to change your password. Photo ID required.
Password Complexity Rules
The system will reject any password that is not sufficiently complex. Select a password that:
- has all of the following types of characters:
- Upper-case letters, lower-case letters, digits, and punctuation.
- Upper-case letters at the beginning of your password and digits at the end of your password do not count towards meeting this requirement.
- is different from your previous password
- is at least eight characters in length
- is not similar to a word
- is not similar to your name or username
These requirements are based on the UBC Information Security Manual V3.0 (Draft) and Microsoft's built-in rules.
Alternatively, you can choose a passphrase of 16 characters or more. With a passphrase, there is no requirement to use different types of characters, except that there must be at least one space character. However, it must still not be based on your name.