Secure Computing

NetIDs and Passwords

Yale NetID

Your Yale NetID and password grant access to the campus network and many University systems, such as YaleSecure wifi, VPN, and computer cluster printers.

Every Yale NetID password must be changed at least once per calendar year to a different password. Each year's password must be unique – don't recycle previous years' passwords (see Policy 1601: Procedure 1601 PR.02).

In order to use your NetID password, you must first activate your NetID with a PIN. Learn more about PINs and how to obtain one.

Passwords

Yale NetID password must be changed at least once per calendar year to a different password. This includes primary and Responsible NetIDs. Each year's password must be unique — don't recycle previous year's passwords (in accordance with Policy 1601: Procedure 1601 PR.02). Be aware that your password may be stored in multiple locations or devices. Before changing your password, identify where you may have your NetID password stored.

Yale NetIDs and passwords are case sensitive. Passwords that contain a combination of numbers, symbols, and upper and lower case letters are much harder to crack. See the Guide to selecting good passwords (PDF) for information on selecting strong passwords.

If your machine has PGP whole disk encryption installed on a Windows computer, please refer to the Whole disk encryption service – FAQs for important information.

In order to use your NetID password, you must first activate your NetID with a PIN. Learn more about PINs and how to obtain one.