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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: January 28, 2014

Step 1:

Log into SOLAR (http://www.stonybrook.edu/solar) and click the NetID Maintenance link.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 4:

You will be brought back to the NetID Maintenance page where you will now see three new buttons. Click "Set / Change NetID Password."

Step 5:

Enter your new password twice then click "Submit Password Change." 

Passwords must:

  • Be at least 8 characters long
  • Contain at least one number and one letter
  • Not include commas
  • Are case sensitive
  • Be different than your last 5 passwords
  • Not be changed more than every 2 hours

Step 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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