CUIT Adds Further UNI Account Security Features
29 Jun 11
As part of our plan to continuously improve security, CUIT is pleased to announce new enhancements to the UNI password reset service. These enhancements, which start June 29, 2011, will further protect the security of your UNI account and personal information by reducing reliance on Social Security Numbers.
As you may recall, on December 15, 2010, CUIT introduced the ability to reset a forgotten UNI password via self-service, rather than needing to call the Help Desk. The June changes will continue to better align Columbia with industry best practices for online account management. Consistent with industry standards, we are increasing the minimum password-length requirement from six characters to eight characters, and introducing security questions (challenge questions and responses) for account verification.
What is changing?
Starting June 29, 2011, you will be required to select security questions when activating a new UNI account, changing a UNI password or recovering a forgotten UNI password. We also are changing the minimum acceptable password length to eight characters.
How does selecting security questions help me?
If you enter correct responses to the security questions, you will not be asked to enter the last four digits of your SSN or your date of birth while recovering your password. You can proactively set security questions by visiting http://uni.columbia.edu and clicking on the link to “Update Security Questions.”
What should I do?