If you are a school employee and have not changed your CNet password in the last year, you can expect to receive an e-mail on November 3rd from University IT Services asking you to change your CNet password. This letter will be signed by Tom Barton, Chief Information Security Officer for the University. The letter will include a link. Following the link should take you to a web page with a uchicago.edu URL that explains the University of Chicago Password Refresh Campaign, with directions on what to do and how to do it.
This email will be sent to your @uchicago.edu email address, which many of you have chosen to forward to your Lab School (@ucls.uchicago.edu) email address. We know that at least some of you either don't know or have forgotten you have a uchicago.edu e-mail account, or have chosen not to forward that account to one you use more frequently. IS is working with UC IT Services to figure out the best way to determine who is in this situation and how best to assist you in dealing with the password change.
There will be a window of three weeks in which you can make the change. For more information about this change, visit this IT Services link: https://itservices.uchicago.edu/news/password-refresh-campaign-launch-fall
Two options are available for increasing the strength of your password. Choosing the passphrase option means entering more characters, but does not require different kinds of characters (upper case letter, lower case letter, symbol, number). That makes it easier to type in on smartphones and iPads. The other option uses the same rules as your current password about including different kinds of characters, but increases the minimum length of the password.
Some users may need to enter the new password in certain settings on laptops, smartphones, or tablet computers. These include syncing your uchicago e-mail on these devices, managing your uchicago-secure wireless profile, and those who use the University's outgoing mail server (authsmtp.uchicago.edu) in their Mail settings. IS is working up a web page with information on these items which should be posted early next week. You'll be advised when that web page goes live. If you need help with these items in the meantime, come on down to the Judd lower level and we'll be happy to help.