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How to Change your COE / ECE Password

There are several ways you can change your password on the COE / ECE system.

In Webmail
Log in to [COE Webmail]. Click on Account in the bottom red bar, then choose Password from the top bar.
On the Unix/Linux command line
Log in to gateway.coe.neu.edu using ssh. Type "passwd" on the command line to change your password.
Password Change Website
Go to this [website] and follow the instructions.

If you have forgotten your COE username

If you have forgotten your COE username, send email to help@coe.neu.edu and include in the message your Name and NUID.

How to choose a Strong Password

Complexity Requirements

In compliance with University rules, and to protect your account and our computer system, your COE and ECE passwords must meet minimum complexity requirements.

Your password must:

  • have at least 15 characters
  • include at least one UPPERCASE letter, one lowercase letter, one numeral, and one special character (see below)
  • NOT include any part of your name or username
  • NOT include common words like Husky, RedSox, etc. or the current year
  • You may use any of the following special characters: @ % - _ +

Tips for choosing a password you can remember

Here is one way to pick a password that is easy for you to remember but hard for others to guess. Think of a phrase, such as the first line of a song. Take a few letters (eg, the important consonants) of each word in your phrase. Work in a numeral or two and mix up the CapitaLizatioN. Now the password will look like a random string of characters, but you can remember it by saying the phrase to yourself.

Example phrase
Take me out to the ball game
Resulting password
Tkmeo2tBallgm
Please don't use this exact password!
Choose your own favorite song or phrase.
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