HarvardKey is a new, unified credential for accessing Harvard applications and services that will be rolled out starting in June 2015 as a replacement for the Harvard Authentication ("PIN") System. Benefits of HarvardKey will include easy, secure access to sites across the Harvard Community, as well as a convenient self-service portal for common onboarding and user management activities.
As rollout progresses, look for updates on when you'll be able to use HarvardKey on the main Harvard Authentication System login screen, or visit iam.harvard.edu/harvardkey for the latest news.
Harvard University's authentication system is used by multiple Harvard-affiliated websites and web applications to provide a secure means for Harvard users to access online resources. One of the benefits of this system is that it allows you to access many different systems using a single ID and password.
Yes. Because Harvard's authentication system originally used a "short PIN" instead of a true password or passphrase, you may occasionally hear people say "PIN" when referring to the password/passphrase now used in conjunction with your HUID number or other login type. A password may take different forms, such as a random group of characters, a memorable but not plain-English string of letters and numbers, or even an entire phrase.
The Harvard Authentication System website exists to provide information about how to create and manage passwords and credentials, basic advice about Internet security, and resources for website developers wishing to use the authentication system for authentication in their sites or applications. The website is also where you go to request a new password or change your existing one.
Many online resources within the Harvard community require verification of your identity before granting you access. By supplying a login ID and a password that match, you can verify, or authenticate, your identity. To reduce the number of login IDs and passwords that users need to remember, many Harvard systems use the Harvard Authentication System to authenticate users.
Your login credentials will not automatically expire when you leave Harvard. However, after you leave, if you forget your password and/or get locked out of your account, it may be difficult to obtain a new password. Harvard University does not always maintain address and email records of individuals who leave. Because personal contact information quickly becomes outdated, to continue using Harvard-protected resources after you leave, make sure that your contact information is up to date before you go.
The Harvard University authentication system, and the systems, data, and other resources that require authentication for access, are only for legitimate Harvard University users. Use may be monitored, and improper use of the system or those resources may result in disciplinary action and civil and criminal charges.