The HUID/password (formerly known as PIN) login type no longer meets current Harvard IT security standards and will be retired over the fall 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.
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.
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.
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.
If you do not see the email it in your Inbox, please check your Spam/Junk/Clutter folder (depending on which mail client you use).
As part of Harvard’s “one identity for life” paradigm, your HarvardKey password automatically replaces your HUID password so you don’t have to remember extra credentials. While your HarvardKey login name and password will get you access to all the applications and resources as your HUID, if you ever need to log in to an app or service using your HUID as the login name, simply use the password associated with your HarvardKey.
Yes, you'll have to reset your password when you claim your HarvardKey. But once you set your new HarvardKey password, you will no longer be subject to the annual change requrement. (Please remember, however, that it's important to change your password if you ever feel that your account may have been compromised or your password exposed to others — even unintentionally.)
To access Alumni resources, you must claim your HarvardKey. Once you have claimed your HarvardKey, you can also use it to access resources that you previously accessed with your HUID and its associated password. There is no reason to wait to claim your HarvardKey.
For the next several months, users who don’t yet have a HarvardKey can still log in to all the same resources by selecting the “HUID” tab on the HarvardKey login screen and entering their HUID and its associated password.