Which Login to Use for Various Services

Services that use your Williams Network Account  Username & Password

Some logins use your email address (e.g. [email protected][email protected]) while some just use the username (xyz5 or xsmith)

These services all utilize your normal email password

  • Email or Google login:  [email protected] 
  • Eduroam wireless network:  [email protected]
  • Your PC computer:  username
  • Printing (PaperCut):  username
  • Microsoft File Services (F, G drives) Active Directory:  username
  • PeopleSoft (sarah, ephr, finance):  username and email password  (note you NO LONGER USE the W## and separate password)
  • GLOW:  username
  • OIT software downloads:  username
  • LinkedIn.com (online training):  username
  • Faculty/staff benefits (bswift):  username
  • Williams Wiki restricted pages:  username
  • Remote Access To Library Databases (the proxy server):  username
  • VPN (virtual private network):  username
  • WordPress web sites:  username
  • Room Scheduler (EMS):  username
  • GET App:  username
  • Many WSO services

Services that use a different password

  • LISTSERV (at login screen there is a link to create the password):  [email protected]
  • PC computers with a local account like “timeclock” or “HRfrontdesk”
  • Your Mac computer local account
  • Encryption on local devices like TimeMachine backup drives

User Naming Scheme

  • Accounts created after the summer of 2007 (starting from Class ’11) use the initials plus a number,
    e.g. Ephraim X. Williams could be exw1
  • Accounts created before the summer of 2007 – Faculty & Staff accounts use the first initial followed by the first 7 letters of the last name (if your last name is more than 7 characters long)
    e.g. for Ephraim Williams could be ewilliam. Student accounts used the class year followed by initials, e.g. 09abc.

Changing your password

To change your password, go to: https://pchanger.williams.edu/IDM/jsps/login/Login.jsp

Note: this does not change your local Windows account or local OSX account passwords (see list above and/or directions below))

Changing your local account password

All computers have a local account.  This local account password is needed to get in to your Windows computer and to log in to and install software on your Mac computer.  Modern PCs have the local account linked with your college account so you don’t ever need to change the password.  Mac computers are not linked so the computer account and password is different than your college account.

Choosing a password

It’s important that no one knows or can guess your password.  You might not have any important information that you need to protect, but if a hacker gets your password, s/he can initiate an attack on the Williams servers and network.  Access to our servers is the first step in a hacker’s ability to steal information and start a denial of service attack, which has occurred at Williams.  Denial of service attacks can bring down our entire network.  So remember that your password protects more than just your own data.

VERY IMPORTANT – Make this password different from all your other passwords!   Do not let this password be the same as one you have used anywhere else whether it’s your banking, shopping or even your local library.

There are many available password-cracking programs.  Words in the dictionary and/or standard combinations like “catdog” can be discovered easily.  Also refrain from using your user name, family names, pet names, birthdate, etc.  Do not use the same password for Williams accounts that you use for other online accounts .  The OIT requirement is 12 characters with at least one being a number, one being upper-case and one being lower-case.  There is a new school of thought that passwords or combinations of words are much harder to crack than traditional passwords (like password33).  A password could be “isureDolike7potatoes” while a word combo could be “paperCoffee2elephants”.  Either would be easy to remember but hard to crack.

Note: If you have to keep track of many passwords, consider using a password keeper application on your computer or mobile device.  Password keeper apps store many passwords in encrypted format. Access to the password list is controlled by one master password.   Some common password managers are LastPass, KeePass, 1Password and Bitwarden.