Setting Up Your NetID Security Question and Password for the First Time

Audience: Faculty, Staff and Students

This KB Article References: NetID
This Information is Intended for: Faculty, Staff, Students
Last Updated: February 12, 2018

You can set up your NetID security question and password in SOLAR through NetID Maintenance.

If you don't see the NetID Maintenance option in SOLAR, check with your department to see if you are active for the term.
  1. Log into SOLAR (http://www.stonybrook.edu/solar) and click the NetID Maintenance link under Security and Personal Data.
    (If you don't see NetID Maintenance, check with your department to see if they are missing anything for you to be activated for the term)
  2. Click the link that says "Click Here to Set Up Your Security Question and Set Your NetID Password."
    *You first have to create a security question and answer before setting up your NetID password.
  3. Click the magnifying glass and select from a list of standard questions or enter your own question. Type your response in both fields. Don't worry about the change to upper case. Responses are not case sensitive. Click OK. Make sure that the question and response are easy to remember, but difficult for others to know.
  4. You will be brought back to the NetID Maintenance page where you will now see three new buttons. Click Set / Change NetID Password.
  5. Enter your new password/phrase twice then click Submit Password Change.
    Passwords/phrases starting March 5th, 2018 must be at least 16 characters long.  Parameters for passwords on the Set NetID Password page in SOLAR.
  6. You will receive a confirmation message letting you know that your password change was successfully submitted. Please be aware that password changes take up to 10 minutes to process and take effect.

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