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MIT ID number
When you were hired, you received an ID number. If you haven’t received your ID number yet, contact your hiring manager or Human Resources Staffing.
You must have an ID Number to set up your account and certificates.
Register for your Athena/Kerberos account
Sign up using the Athena account registration page.
When you register for your Athena account, you choose a username and password. This gives you access to many of the applications and tools that you’ll need while at MIT. This same username and password is used by Kerberos, an authentication technology created at MIT to ensure that you are who you say you are when you log on.
While you’re employed at MIT, you’ll receive an @mit.edu email address. Log in to the Outlook Web App (OWA).
Get certificates for your computers and mobile devices
Certificates let you log on safely to MITnet and the Internet, and identify you to various websites.
Mobile Devices: Download your certificates.
Note: Certificates expire once per year, which means you'll need to renew them at least that often. Install them on each browser for each computer or device you will use to access certificate-protected sites.
Connect to MIT's network (MITnet) and the internet
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Connect to the wireless network
Secure your devices, data, and identity
Unfortunately, MIT is a target for hackers. Protect yourself from cyber attacks by taking the necessary steps.
Create a backup plan for your data
Don’t wait for a hard drive crash or software glitch to ruin your research and lesson plans, or interrupt your work. Set up a data backup plan now and avoid a meltdown later.
Browse and download available software
As an employee, you have access to a large volume of software to use in the workplace. Browse and download what’s available.
Get help with business and educational applications
Find mobile device support and discounts on plans
Download MIT’s free mobile app
From an interactive live campus map to an up-to-the-minute shuttle schedule, MIT offers a helpful mobile app you can download on your mobile device for free.