University of California, Riverside

Engineering Systems


BCOE Password Policy and Rules

Why should I care about Security?

There are two main reasons. First, if someone else gains access to your account they can delete all of your files, read your mail, look at all of your class assignments, etc. You probably don't want someone to do this. Second, if someone else uses your account to do bad things, you are responsible for any damage that they do.

Security Precautions

A few simple things to remember:

  • Choose a good password
  • Keep your password a secret
  • Don't let other people use your account
  • ALWAYS log out of your account when you leave

If you take the time to follow these steps, your account will be well secured against unauthorized use.

Changing Your Password

Of course, you want something that is not too difficult to remember.  This is where acronyms can be very useful.  Something like Ih24D1B&13Cimh! (I have 24 Dogs 1 Bird and 13 Cats in my house!) is much more difficult to crack than johndoe, while still being easier to remember than $dfa3H%za4tb!2e.  Also, please change your passwords often.  Every three months or so is good.

Using a Unix server: SSH into or You can then change your password by typing "kpasswd" at your UNIX prompt. It will ask you for your old password once, followed by your new password twice.

Using an ENGR Windows Machine: Log into a ENGR domain computer. Once logged in, press the CTRL, ALT, and DEL keys. Click on "Change Password" and follow the instructions.

Should you forget your password, please go to our systems page to reset your password or come by Bourns A344 with photo ID to reset your password.

Lost Password

Should you forget your password, please go to our systems page to reset your password or come by Bourns A344 with photo ID to reset your password.

Good Passwords and Password Requirements

It is very important that you choose a password that is difficult for another user to guess. As a security precaution, we often run a password guessing program to check for easily guessed passwords. If your password is "cracked", your account will be disabled until you can meet with us.

Some password choosing DOs and DON'Ts:

  • DON'T use words out of any dictionary
  • DON'T use names or personal references
  • DON'T write your password down. (Someone might find it)
  • DON'T recycle old passwords
  • DO use a combination of letters, numbers, and punctuation
  • DO use 14 characters, with at least Three of the following: Uppercase Letter, Lowercase Letter, Number and Special Character
  • DO use something that you'll be able to remember

A good trick for making secure passwords that are still easy to remember is to think of a sentence and then use the first letter of each word in that sentence. Throw in a punctuation character or a case-change, and your password will be virtually unbreakable. For example, the sentence "Milk, it does a body good." would transform into the password "M,idabg."

Locked Account

Your account may be disabled by us for the following Reasons:

  • Insecure Password
  • Misuse of Account
  • You are no longer eligible for your account.
  • In any case, come by Bourns A344 or Winston Chung 107 and talk to us in person if you want to resolve this.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

College Information

Engineering Systems
Bourns Hall A344/308


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