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Accounts & Passwords
The list of accounts and passwords provided by Wellesley College are here. The list is growing shorter as we are able to have more applications use your domain account (MyWellesley) to authenticate.
When changing a password, please keep the College's password guidelines in mind to ensure that your data, and the College's data, is secure.
- Office Macintosh
- FileMaker Pro
- vBooks online training, accounts available upon request
A Domain Account is the main account used for most of Wellesley College's systems. Because this account is used on many different systems and gives access to a lot of your personal information, please DO NOT give out your account password to anyone!
The Help Desk will never ask for your passwords for any reason. Also, DO NOT give your account out to coworkers, students, spouses, etc. as it has access to your pay stubs, health benefits, and other confidential personal information about you! Please review out Computing Security website for more information.
Systems that use your Domain Account are:
- The MyWellesley portal, which gives you access to:
- Google Apps for Education (mail, calendar, groups, documents, etc.),
- Sakai learning and collaboration system (LMS),
- Employment Services (Banner Self-Service) for time sheets, benefits, time off balances, pay stubs, personal information, etc.
- Access College Announcements while off-campus,
- View the status of Help Desk requests that you have submitted,
- Quickly access Library Resources while off campus,
- Student resources, such as eBill, online payments, health insurance, your student account information, etc.
- Authenticate your computer through the campus network security system (Cisco NAC),
- Log in to Windows computers in labs, classrooms, and office computers (where authorized),
- Log in to Macintosh computers in labs, classrooms, and newer office computers (where authorized),
- Authenticate from personal computers to campus file servers such as NTM,
- Submit Facilities service requests,
- Use the SSL VPN for off-campus access to on-campus-only resources,
- Access to the full Campus Directory while off-campus,
- Authenticate to Cisco VPN (Admin Firewall) for secure access to certain applications (where authorized).
Changing your Domain Account password
As part of our password guidelines, you should change your Domain Account password once a year. Please visit our Password Reset website at https://reset.wellesley.edu to change your password and create personal security questions in case you forget your password in the future.
If you forgot your password and are unable to use the password reset website, you will need to request a password reset from the Computing Help Desk. Students must bring their Wellesley College ID to the Computing Help Desk. Faculty & Staff may contact the Computing Help Desk at x3333.
Older College-owned Macs may be using local accounts to login, instead of your Domain Account. Macs installed and upgraded since mid-2009 are most likely using Domain Accounts for authentication.
Because older installations of Mac OS X are local accounts, they require every user to have a local account created on the computer. This is entirely different from your Domain Account, and should not use the same password as your Domain Account.
Changing the password to a local account
On the Mac you wish to change the password, Go to Apple > System Preferences > Accounts. Select your username, type in the new password in the Password field and re-type to verify.
Getting help with a password reset
If you forgot the password to login to a local Mac account, please call the Help Desk (x3333 faculty/staff) to setup an appointment for a staff member to visit and reset the password for you.
Most things you'll want to do using your library record are available in MyWellesley in the Library tab, with no separate login needed.
When you select a database or other e-resource and are prompted to enter your name and ID:
- fill in your last name (for example, Smith), not your username
- your Library ID is the 16 digit number on the front of your Wellesley OneCard
- If your ID number is illegible, check for your number in your MyWellesley Library tab. If you have just been issued a new OneCard with a new ID number, this number will be loaded into the library system overnight. If you're having trouble please email AskUs or call x2166.
Online training vBooks are typically organized like books, but the chapters you select will typically be a short portion of a technical training class, complete with the instructor and the computer screen projection. Watch the trainer explain how to use the software (Microsoft Excel pivot tables, for example); not sure you understood? Watch it again. You may request an account for vBooks online.
Changing the password
Once you have an account, you can change your password by logging into vBooks and using the Preferences menu.
Help with resetting your password
If you forgot your password, please call the Help Desk (x7777 students, x3333 faculty/staff) to request a password reset.
Databases that are shared over the network, either from a Filemaker Server or an office computer must be designed with passwords to limit and control access to data. Filemaker databases must have a designated administrator, usually the designer of the database, who manages security and assigns passwords.
To set up passwords as the database administrator, from the menu choose File > Manage > Security.
- One administrator password for full design and data access is required.
- More levels of passwords are possible. The database administrator can specify the degree of access (e.g., administrator, data entry, read only). Passwords can be assigned for groups rather than individuals.
- The database administrator can change passwords.
- If you forgot your password, please contact the administrator for the database you use.