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MSI uses the same login information as all other UMN resources that require login credentials. Therefore, to login to your MSI account, you will need a UMN Internet ID and password.

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If you do not have a UMN Internet ID (i.e. you are a researcher outside of the University and would like access to MSI), please refer to our Eligibility & Getting Access Guidelines page. This page contains more information on eligibility requirements to access to MSI resources, and steps to getting a UMN Internet ID if you are eligible.

Once you have a UMN InternetID, the next step is to set up a password with the Office of Information Technology (OIT), if you have not already done so. This password will be used to log into and authenticate at various websites across the University, including your MSI account and MSI computing resources. OIT can be contacted by email at [email protected], online chat at the OIT website, and by phone at 612-301-4357.

Once your UMN password has been set up, you may then request an MSI account by requesting to become an MSI PI (see Eligibility & Getting Access), or having your group PI add you to their group (for assistance, see our PI guide to managing MSI accounts).

Once you become a new MSI user, you should receive an email with your account information. This email will tell you your MSI username, and that your MSI password is the same as the password associated to your University of Minnesota Internet ID. You can log in to your MSI account by navigating to the login page at the top of the homepage, and clicking 'Log in with Internet ID'. If you need to change your password, you can do so through the UMN interface. If you need assistance changing your UMN password, contact OIT.

Duo Two-Factor Authentification

As of November 2018, all new users who reset their password or receive a new UMN account will be prompted to enroll in Duo Security's Two-Factor Authenfication services. This service requires users to enroll their devices, such as smart phone or tablet, as a secondary form of authentication when logging in to their University account. This provides a second layer of security, requiring both the entry of username and password, as well as confirmation on a secondary device to access an account. To learn more about Duo Security and how to enroll in Two-Factor authentification, OIT's Duo Self-Help Guide is a useful tool for getting started with Duo, using Duo, and troubleshooting with Duo.

Changing Passwords

To change your UMN Internet ID password, visit OIT's Reset Your UMN Password page. This form will prompt you to enter your current password, and then enter your new password.

Forgotten Usernames

Your MSI username is the same as your UMN Internet ID.

If you have forgotten your UMN Internet ID, you can recover it at OIT Internet ID Recovery page. You will need an alternate email associated with your UMN account. If you need additional assistance with recovering your Internet ID, please contact OIT directly.

Forgotten Passwords

Your MSI password is the same password you use to log in with your UMN Internet ID.

If you forget your password, you can reset it online through OIT's Recover Your UMN Password page. Enter your Internet ID or alternate email address associated with your account and OIT will be able to assist you in resetting your password. You will need to answer your security questions. If you have not already enrolled in Duo two-factor authentification, you will be prompted to enroll. All new users and users resetting their passwords are required to enroll.

If you cannot remember the answers to your security questions, please contact OIT directly and they will be able to assist you in recovering your account.

If you aren’t using a password manager yet, you really need to start, because protecting online accounts has never been more important. To take just one example, a personal email account now contains years of not only correspondence, but also purchase histories, travel plans, and links to other key accounts, including credit cards and banks.

You probably also have passwords for banking, home security systems, social media, and digital platforms at work. And on, and on, and on. With all that critical information floating around your digital world, securing that world is extremely important—and that’s where password managers come in. With a password manager, you no longer have to rely on that old (and insecure) trick of using one easily remembered password on multiple accounts.

Instead, a password manager enables you to use a complex password for every single online account. At the same time, you only have to remember the single password that lets you into the password manager itself. Moreover, the best password managers encrypt your data before it leaves your device so the platforms on which you log into can’t access your password vault. Only you can.

We’ve extensively tested the most popular password managers, and our current favorite is LastPass, with Dashlane running a close second. But before you consider signing up, here are five tips to help make the most of your password manager.

You need multiple device access

A lot of people were upset when LastPass pulled multi-device access from its free product, and for good reason. There’s just no getting around it: You need access to your password manager on your phone, your Windows PC, your tablet, your Chromebook—basically everywhere.

Indeed, you’re not always working on your PC, and there will be many occasions when you’ll need a key password while on your phone or tablet. Beyond that, manually entering longer passwords can be a real pain, which is inevitable if you only have passwords on your phone, but need to enter them on your PC.

Unless you plan on using a service that lets you manage your own password vault on a server or in Dropbox, you’ll have to select a paid service like LastPass or Dashlane for password management. But that annual subscription will be well worth the ease of use.

Your master password doesn’t need to be hard to remember

Not so long ago, conventional wisdom told us to create a random string of letters, numbers, and symbols for every password. But that type of password is hard to remember.

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The advice has since changed. Instead of using a random string of nonsense for your master password, choose something more memorable that you can easily repeat. Even if you’re forced to add at least one capital letter, number, and special character for your master password, you can choose something like “Bob-goes-2-school.” Passphrases like this are much easier and faster to type, and throwing in the separating symbol between words increases the difficulty of anyone guessing the phrase.

It’s about more than just passwords

The primary purpose of your password manager is to keep your passwords safe and secure, and then making them accessible on all your devices in just a few clicks or taps. However, a useful password manager lets you store more than just passwords.

There are tons of other items you may need to keep secret and secure. This can include software licenses, identity verification questions from a bank, or other items that need to be more secure than just sitting in a folder on your PC.

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A number of password managers also let you upload notes, images, and more to keep your critical information safe.

Protect your password manager with two-factor authentication

If supported, protect your password manager account with two-factor authentication. This entails supplying a second code before accessing your password vault. That can be a pain if you have to do it every time, but many password managers let you set certain devices as “trusted” so that you only have to use your master password day in and day out.

If someone tries to log in to your password manager account from a device that’s not yours, two-factor authentication makes it much harder to break in, even if they have your master password. Considering that password managers contain the keys to our digital kingdoms, this extra protection is well worth it.

Don’t always trust the password generator

Look, I’ve used every major password manager, and at some point every single one of them has failed remember a password that was created with its own password generation feature. It is incredibly frustrating when a password manager doesn’t remember a newly changed password, and briefly locks you out of your account. Now, I’m not talking about when you use those one-click features (like Dashlane’s) that change multiple passwords at once. That has always been fine in my experience.

The problem comes when you have to create a new password for a single account on the fly. There is always a danger zone between the time your password manager creates the new password and when it saves the password change. Every now and then, something can go wrong and the new password doesn’t get saved. For that reason, I always, always, always create a new password manually and copy it somewhere else until I’ve confirmed the password manager has stored it properly.

Despite this small problem, password managers are fantastic tools to secure your critical online information. With these tips, you’re on your way to having an excellent and hassle-free experience with the password manager of your choice.

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