Get Locked Out of Key Online Services:
the past few months, communications in Almanac and other
campus vehicles have been preparing faculty, staff, and students
for the switch to PennKey authentication (identity verification).
To ensure access to a growing number of online services now and
in the future, you will need to register a PennKey and password
in the new PennKey system.
PennNet ID system is being deactivated, and all services now requiring
a PennNet ID for secure login, such as BEN Reports, GRAM, Blackboard,
the new Benefits System, and U@Penn, will switch to PennKey
authentication on Monday, October 14. PennInTouch and the
new PennPortal for students (coming later in October) will also
require a PennKey.
you register your PennKey before October 14, you'll avoid getting
locked out of these and other services as they change over. Even
better, if you register your PennKey before midnight on October
9, you'll be eligible to win a Palm Pilot 515 or one of ten
Penn Bookstore gift certificates.
all PennNet ID swipe stations will be deactivated on October 14.
At that point you'll no longer be able to establish a PennNet
ID or reset a forgotten PennNet password to help you log in to the
online PennKey registration system. As of October 14, anyone without
a PennNet ID and password will need to obtain a PIN (Personal Identification
Number) and use it to log in and register their PennKey.
How to Register
online PennKey registration process is fast and convenient. Go to
the PennKey homepage at www.upenn.edu/computing/pennkey
and select the "Registration" link to begin the
simple three-step process:
in using your PennNet ID and password. If you don't know
or don't have a PennNet ID and password, simply go to a PennNet
ID swipe station before October 14 and create a PennNet ID or reset
your password. You'll find a list of swipe stations at www.upenn.edu/
your PennKey and password. Once you've logged in, the system
will automatically set your PennKey, which will be the same as your
you must enter a strong password to secure your PennKey. It's
a good idea to review the information at www.upenn.edu/computing/
email/pswd_guide.html for tips on creating a strong password
before you register. Penn has been implementing increasingly stringent
password rules over the years, and the PennKey system may not accept
an existing password you've been using with your PennNet ID
or e-mail account. In addition, you should not use a password you've
shared or used on non-Penn systems.
how you wish to obtain a PIN for resetting a forgotten password.
If you ever forget your PennKey password, you can reset it online,
but you'll need a PIN (Personal Identification Number) in order
to log in and do so. You can always obtain a PIN by visiting a PennKey
PIN administration office or calling the 24-hour PIN Request Line
and having one sent to your address of record via U.S. Mail.
the registration process, you will be asked whether you wish to
participate in a convenient "anytime, anywhere" option
for obtaining a PIN online. If you elect to participate in this
option, known as Challenge-Response, you will be asked to
immediately select and answer three personal information questions.
In the future, you will be able to obtain a PIN online at any time,
from anywhere, by providing the same answers to those three questions.
you travel frequently or expect to have trouble remembering your
password, it's a good idea to participate in the Challenge-Response
procedure. Note that you won't be able to change your initial
decision about Challenge-Response until November, when the next
phase of the PennKey project is completed.
Local Support Provider, listed at www.upenn.edu/computing/
view/support, can help you in case you have any unexpected
difficulties with registration.
details about the new PennKey authentication system and PennKey
registration, I invite you to visit the PennKey website at www.upenn.edu/
Beck, Vice President, Information Systems and Computing
Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 6, October 1, 2002