NetID and NetPassword Information

NetID and NetPassword


Your NetID identifies you to the MSU network, and it is used in conjunction with a NetPassword and, potentially, a second authentication factor to access a variety of MSU information technology resources and services.  Your MSU ID card has your NetID printed on the front.  Alternatively, you can go here to lookup your NetID.


Your NetPassword is used in conjunction with your NetID when logging into MSU systems.  You can go to the NetPassword Maintenance page to:
• Setup your initial NetPassword
• Change your NetPassword
• Recover from a forgotten NetPassword
• Change your security question

*NOTE* If you change your NetPassword you will need to manually update any places you have cached your previous NetPassword, such as the wireless network configuration on your laptop or the email/synchronization settings on your mobile device.

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

Two-factor authentication adds another layer of security when logging in to MSU systems.  The first factor required to login is something you know, i.e. your NetID/NetPassword.  The second factor is something you have, typically your smartphone or tablet.  Therefore, even if a hacker is able to get your NetID/NetPassword, he should not be able to login to your account because he does not have your second factor.

Other Account Passwords

If you have forgotten one of the following passwords, contact the Service Desk.

  • VoiceMail Passcode
  • LDS Number

LDS Number: If you need to change your Long Distance Service (LDS) number you must submit an LDS termination request and then submit an LDS Application for new service - either Personal or Departmental.

Tips and Reminders

  • You are responsible for your account. Even if someone gains access to your account without your knowledge and misuses it, you are responsible. The first and best step to securing your account is a good password.
  • Do not use any form (as-is, reversed, capitalized, etc.) of your NetID, login ID, your real name, the names of family members, or friends.
  • For secure passwords - pick a phrase and use the first letter of each word, inserting a special character or two. For example, “Are All Bachelors UnMarried?” could produce “aabum?” as a password. Make up nonsense words which are pronounceable, such as “blimpbot” or “zamat”. Combine two short words with a special character, like “truck+in” or “my3sons”.
  • Remember to always logout at the end of your session. If you do not logout, the next person who uses that computer will have access to your account and its files. Your account could also be accessed by anyone anywhere in the world and used as a mask for the intruder’s unsavory behavior.
  • Check the last place from which your account was accessed. Typically upon login, a line is shown (sometimes briefly) which displays the date, time, and location of the last login to your account. You should always check this display. If you notice anything strange, you should change your password immediately.
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