About Your USC NetID Passphrase

Your USC NetID passphrase is also referred to as your USC passphrase, your UNIX passphrase, or your enterprise passphrase. It is the passphrase that is associated with your USC computing account.

Your USC NetID passphrase is the one that you enter on the USC NetID login page when you are accessing many USC systems, including the MyUSC portal, Blackboard, Trojan Time, and Workday.

USC NetID Passphrase Requirements

  • Your passphrase must be 16 to 64 characters in length
  • You may not use your USC NetID username as part of your passphrase
  • You may not reuse previous passphrases

Update Your Devices

NOTE: Before you change your passphrase on the ITS website, you should place all of your mobile devices in airplane mode to avoid potential account lockout issues.

After changing your passphrase on the ITS website, you will also need to update it in programs or mobile devices where your passphrase has been stored. This includes email applications and USC wireless settings.

You should be aware that it may take a few minutes for your new passphrase to become effective. During this time, your old passphrase will continue to function.

For more tips on passphrase security, see the Passphrase Security Tips page.

Systems That Rely on the USC Passphrase

Below is a list of some of the primary systems that require your USC passphrase. When you change your USC passphrase, the change will apply to the systems below.

Note: Some USC schools and departments maintain local systems that are not dependent on the USC passphrase. Systems where you are asked for PIN (instead of a passphrase) are not dependent on your USC passphrase.

  • Workday
  • Blackboard
  • Google Apps at USC
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • MyUSC and all single sign-on applications when accessed through MyUSC, including Oasis, Registration, Course Evaluations, Add Syllabus to Schedule of Classes
  • USC Secure Wireless