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Passwords

Reset Your Boise State Password

Reset your Boise State password at my.boisestate.edu.

Password Requirements

The University requires all computer system passwords to be at least eight characters, and meet three additional conditions from the following list:
  1. Uppercase characters
  2. Lowercase characters
  3. Numbers
  4. Special characters (non-alphanumeric) – excepting the % sign or a ‘blank space

A password containing at least 3 out of 4 of the criteria above is considered valid.

However, keep in mind that your password:

  • Will expire 90 days after your reset it.
  • Cannot contain significant portions of your username, or full name.
  • Cannot be one of your 10 most recent passwords.

How to Reset Your Password

To reset your password, please go to my.boisestate.edu and click Log In, then click Reset/Create Password below the password field.

You cannot reset a Google for Education generic account (e.g., an account not named for an employee) via myBoiseState. Requests to reset this password must be made through the Help Desk.

If your password is intruder-locked (e.g., ten failed attempts have locked the account), you can wait 30 minutes for the account to automatically unlock and try again.

Password Advice

The days of setting a password to match the name of spouse, a child’s birthdate, or your telephone number are over; automated software used by hackers has made it too easy to guess these types of passwords. You may need to start thinking “outside the box” and develop a new mindset when choosing passwords. Techniques we recommend:
  • Replace letters with special characters: $ makes a great substitute for ‘s.’ @ can replace ‘a.’ A zero can take the place of an ‘o.’ Think of a 3 as a backwards ‘e.’ Note that replacing letters with special characters doesn’t automatically create a strong password; you must combine this technique with numeric characters and other special characters to create a strong password.
  • Use passphrases instead of passwords: Instead of thinking of a single word for your password, use a phrase. Let’s say your favorite email tool is Google for Education. For “Google,” replace the ‘o’ characters with zeroes. For “Apps” replace the vowel ‘A’ with the @ symbol. You end up with the following passphrase that’s not only memorable but meets all the rules: G00gle@pps
  • Consider abbreviating words to create even stronger passphrases.
  • If your password is intruder-locked (e.g., ten failed attempts have locked the account), you can wait 30 minutes for the account to automatically unlock and try again.


Need Help?

If you have difficulty changing any passwords, please contact the Help Desk at 426-4357 or email helpdesk@boisestate.edu. Passwords can only be changed over the phone or in person; for security reasons, requests via e-mail or Help Desk Self Service to reset passwords will not be honored. Please note you will be asked for information to confirm your identity before your password can be changed.