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Accounts/Passwords: Netid

EnterpriseIDs are required to register for courses.

The UIS NetID lookup and Password change pages interact with the UI-Integrate system. Check System Status or planned outages for UI – Integrate [Banner] systems that could affect access to NetId/Password Maintenance.

Each employee and student at UIS is assigned two IDs for accessing computing resources and services, a UIS campus NetworkID [NetID] and an EnterpriseID.

The campus NetID allows access to campus specific sites and services, such as email and Blackboard. The EnterpriseID allows access to University administrative services, such as course registration, financial aid, and student accounts.

The campus NetID and the EnterpriseID in most cases look exactly alike, even though they grant access to distinctly different services. The NetID and EnterpriseID passwords may be, but are not necessarily, identical.

UIS Campus NetID and EnterpriseID Passwords

The University of Illinois Interim Security Policy requires the use of strong user passwords wherever possible. Strong passwords are required on both campus NetIDs and EnterpriseIDs. For convenience, newly created NetIDs and EnterpriseIDs will have identical, synchronized passwords. In some circumstances it is possible for the NetID and EnterpriseID passwords to become unsynchronized [no longer identical.] This does not affect the functionality or security of either the NetID or EnterpriseID, though many users find non-identical passwords less convenient. Using the UIS self-service password change page will change the passwords on both the NetID and EnterpriseID simultaneously and reestablish password synchronization.

Definition of a Strong Password

  • The password must contain at least one UPPER CASE letter.
  • The password must contain at least one LOWER CASE letter.
  • The password must contain at least one DIGIT: [ 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 ]
  • Passwords cannot contain any part of your network account [username], more commonly known as your NetID
  • The password must be at least eight characters long.
  • The password cannot be any of your three previous passwords.
  • The password cannot contain any common word or proper name greater than three characters in length.
  • Passwords must be changed at least once every 365 days.

An effective method of constructing a strong password is to create an abbreviation for a phrase that is unique to you. For example, from the phrase “I kicked my computer 23 times today”, you could form the password “Ikmc23tt” by using the first letter of each word. This password meets all the criteria for a strong password.

Examples of Valid and Invalid Passwords

Please note that both the number zero ’0′ and the uppercase letter ‘O’ are used in the following examples.


  • W0rry2mu(h
  • Di@blo99
  • he!!02YOU


  • $Spring2003 [It contains the word ‘spring’.]
  • If6was9 [It is less than 8 characters in length.]
  • 02dec81 [It does not contain an UPPER case letter.]
  • Pa**wo~d [It does not contain a digit and common words such as 'password', 'secret', and 'security', as well as parts of your name, address, and department should never be used as passwords or in passwords.]

After you change your campus NetID password, you may need to log back on to any authenticated network services you may be using, such as Outlook. If you are already logged on to a computer [on campus] you need to log off and back on to access authenticated resources, such as Outlook and printer shares.


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