Change your password

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How to change your Nikhef password:

You can change the password for your Nikhef account HERE on the Nikhef web site.

Your account name is the User ID displayed in the web form.

Hint: you can select the language (EN/NL) on the bottom of the page.

Do not forget to update your new password at the client side!

Your Nikhef password is most probably stored at clients on your desktop, laptop or smart phone. Do not forget to update these stored passwords as well.

Examples are: EduRoam netwerk configuration (account user@nikhef.nl), mail clients, preconfigured ssh tunnels, and so on.

Your new password has to follow these rules:

  • It should be at least nine characters long
  • It should contain at least one upper case and one lower case letter, one number and one special character and six different characters
  • It should not contain handy strings like current year, your account name or your name
  • Passwords used in the past two years are not accepted.

Examples of valid passwords are:

'jIdiwxn2	exW{spm4m	pmb~9Gzep	pVr1.lihw	on5Ok]mkd        {zkyixOn5	mkyla*v0H	g*sllxEr3	x1;fdKgws	pqm&f2Jyw

Password policy.

The policy at Nikhef enforces you to change your password yearly. You will be requested by mail one month in advance to change your password before a certain date. This mail will be repeated several times. Your account will be suspended in case you do not change your password before the expiration date. You can not use an account as long as it is suspended, nevertheless incoming mail will be accepted. Contact the CT helpdesk in case you want to reactivate your account.

One account for (almost) all ICT services

With your Nikhef account you are able to make use of almost all Nikhef ICT services, including cloud services enabled by the SURFconext federation. That is why we use the term Single Sign On. One account for many services.

Refer to the Single Sign On page for more details.

Extra information for owners of generic accounts.

In case you are the owner of a generic account (like mdtoper, meet or helpdesk) you are able to change the password of the generic account by the very same web page you use to change the password for your own personal Nikhef account. Use the drop-down selection in the USER ID field of the web form to select the generic account(s).
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