The HUID/password (formerly known as PIN) login type no longer meets current Harvard IT security standards and will be retired over the spring of 2016. HUID/password users who have not yet claimed a HarvardKey are encouraged to do so as soon as possible, and will also be reminded by email in advance of their HUID/password credential expiring. Once your HUID/password credential expires, you will no longer be able to access many of your Harvard services until you claim your HarvardKey. Learn more about this here.
You can always claim your HarvardKey, even after your HUID/password (formerly known as PIN) credential expires. However, once your HUID/password credential expires, you will no longer be able to access many of your Harvard services until you claim your HarvardKey. Learn more about this here. If you need any help claiming your HarvardKey, contact the IT Service Desk at email@example.com or 617-495-7777.
Use a password manager — software that generates and stores passwords for you — so you can use different complex passwords for each of your accounts without having to remember them all. As a Harvard affiliate, you can get a free premium account for the LastPass password manager; visit http://security.harvard.edu/lastpass to learn more and download. (When using a password manager with HarvardKey, please remember that some members of the Harvard Community will have to type in their HarvardKey to log in to their computer, so randomly generated passwords may not be the best choice.) You can also learn more about best practices for passwords at http://security.harvard.edu/use-strong-passwords.
Many online resources within the Harvard Community require verification of your identity before granting you access. By supplying a login name and matching password, you can verify, or authenticate, your identity. In order to reduce the number of credentials that you need to remember, HarvardKey acts as a unifying credential verifying your identity across Harvard without the need for multiple ID/password pairs.
A variety of individuals associated with the Harvard Community can gain access to protected Harvard online resources, including (but not limited to) the following:
Students and Program Participants
Individuals with sponsored affiliations (this broad category can include consultants/contractors, collaborators and inter-school affiliates, volunteers, tenants, non-Harvard academic advisors, overseers, and others)
The degree of access granted to an individual HarvardKey holder depends on the nature of his or her Harvard affiliation, and may vary according to specific requirements from Schools, departments, institutions, or other groups.
HarvardKey is Harvard University’s unified credential for accessing a wealth of University applications and services with a single, convenient login name and password. In addition to enabling access to the Harvard applications and services you use every day, HarvardKey also offers an easy-to-use self-service portal for managing your account, including changing your password and updating your recovery information in case you forget your login details. HarvardKey also provides optional two-step verification to keep you even more secure.
Over the autumn and winter of 2015-16, full HarvardKey functionality will be rolled out to users across the University Community. Visit the HarvardKey news page to see the latest updates to the rollout schedule.
In the meantime, users who haven't yet claimed a HarvardKey can continue to log in at all HarvardKey login screens using their usual credentials simply by clicking the appropriate tab at the top of the screen.
For Alumni, this is your preferred email address on record with the Harvard Alumni Association. For other Harvard users, this is the email address Harvard has on file for you.
For all users receiving an email with a HarvardKey claim confirmation code, look for a message from Harvard Identity & Access Management. It will have a subject line of Time-Sensitive: Complete Your HarvardKey Account Registration.
You may use your HarvardKey for most applications and services at Harvard — including anywhere that you see the "gate" login screen — but some apps and services use other login types. You can see a list of what login type you should use for frequently used applications and services, itemized by School or unit, here.