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Accounts and Passwords/Passphrases
This article describes IT Services Accounts and Password, both current and deprecated.
IT Services Accounts and Passwords/Passphrases
Over the past few years, IT Services has been moving towards a single password or passphrase for all of the services we provide. For the vast majority of users, this process has been successful: most users have a single password or passphrase and single ID.
A side effect of moving to one password or passphrase is that all of the other previously valid terms are still floating out there. This document is designed to help clear up any lingering misconceptions regarding logon credentials for our services.
Current IDs and Passwords/Passphrases
CNetID - the CNetID (Chicago Network Identifier) is your username for your IT Services account. Generally speaking, you'll recognize it as the first part of your email address. If you aren't sure what it is, look it up through the Directory search tool. Your CNetID is your username for our common services (email, VPN, wireless) and many non-IT Services sites (Buysite, Gargoyle, Griffin, and ESS to name a few).
CNetID (or simply "CNet") password - the CNetID password is the option you might have chosen instead of a passphrase and is the one you created when you claimed your CNetID. Previously known as the "Directory password," you might also have called it the "Ph password," "Unix password," or, occasionally, your "email password." The CNetID password must be 12 or more characters in length.
CNetID (or simply "CNet") passphrase - the CNetID passphrase is the option you might have chosen instead of a CNetID password when you claimed your CNetID. The CNetID passphrase, which uses a phrase meaningful to you that you get to pick, functions identically to a CNetID password by authenticating you for all the common services you are eligible to use based on your affiliation with the University. The passphrase you choose must be at least 19 or more characters in length.
If you don't remember your CNetID password or passphrase, you should reset it. Even if you don't remember the password or passphrase, you can reset it using the question and answer pair you set up when you initially set up your account or when you re-certified. Just follow the "Change your password" link on the CNet homepage.
Deprecated IDs and Passwords
Directory Password - the previous name of the current CNet password or CNet passphrase.
Ph Alias - The Ph alias wasn't a real username: it was a potential address (alias) to which mail could be sent. At one time, you could use it to authenticate against the modem pool and the proxy server, but currently, if your account is old enough, it's just a legacy alias for redirecting email to your actual account name (your CNetID). The old Ph technology is no longer in use.
Ph Password - a password which correlated with your Ph-alias, in the days when Ph-alias was more than a simple mail redirector.
Email Password - as mentioned above, there never was an email password; many people used the term to refer to whatever password they happened to use for their email (at this point in time, the CNet password or passphrase).