Your Stony Brook NetID Password Requires Immediate Attention

As you may recall, the University moved from passwords to passphrases more than a year ago. In response to President Biden's statement regarding the urgency of improving cyber defenses, you are required to update your NetID password to one that meets the University’s length and complexity requirements to enhance user account security.

By DoIT Communications

When do I need to change my passphrase?

Immediately. If your password/passphrase is not updated by 4/11/2022, you will no longer be able to log in with your NetID current password.  Please visit the NetID service page for a complete list of services impacted by this password/passphrase change.


How do I know this email is not a phishing attack?

Visit, and you will see an announcement about this effort on the homepage. You should exercise caution and only visit legitimate and verified websites. Hover over each link in this email to verify that the URL is legitimate (e.g. ending with, or don’t use any links! Instead, manually visit and click on NetID at the bottom of the page to find the password reset tool. You can also email for additional verification if you are still not sure.


Stony Brook requires using at least 16 characters in your password/passphrase.

You can learn more about passphrases and how to secure your accounts by reviewing this article on


How can I change my password/passphrase?

You can change your passphrase by using the password reset tool.

Step 1: Click on Go to Reset Tool >> Type in your ID Number >> Continue

Step 2: Authenticate with existing NetID credentials and Authenticate with Duo

Step 3: Specify the new password and confirm.


Need help creating your password/passphrase? Use a password generator, or pick a sentence typed with proper punctuation you will not forget. Or pick four random but memorable words. Include at least one number and a special character too!


How am I supposed to remember my new passphrase?

The University provides LastPass, a password management service that you can use to save all of your passwords: Visit to learn more.


Thank you for doing your part to keep the University safe.


Matt Nappi

Chief Information Security Officer

Assistant Vice President

Division of Information Technology