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Change to VPN and iPass Authentication

Currently, users are able to authenticate to the SCS VPN and iPass remote access services using either their primary Kerberos user name or their /remote instance. Beginning on November 28, 2007, users will be required to use their /remote instance and password to authenticate to these services. Users will no longer be able to use their primary Kerberos user name to authenticate to the SCS VPN and iPass remote access services.

By using the /remote instance you limit the impact of your password being compromised. The /remote instance provides only the ability to connect to the SCS VPN and iPass remote access services whereas your primary SCS Kerberos user name/password provides full access to your data. Problems could occur if either account is compromised, however, the /remote instance does not provide access to your data.

*** Please be sure to have your /remote instance and password created before leaving campus for travel. ***

Instructions on how to create a /remote instance can be found at:http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~help/accounts_passwords/create_remote_instance.html

Or, you can visit the SCS Help Desk, Wean Hall 3613, and they can set up your /remote instance for you.

Please contact the SCS Help Desk at x8-4231 or send mail to help@cs.cmu.edu with any questions or concerns regarding the use or creation of your /remote instance.

Thank you for your attention,

SCS Help Desk