Counting the ways you can change your Kerberos password
March 4, 2020
Jess Archer and Robyn Fizz
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The Kerberos authentication system provides a high level of security for your online MIT identity. Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) recommends changing your Kerberos password at regular intervals and provides a variety of options for doing this.

Online verification

You can use your current password or valid MIT certificate to change your Kerberos password. You can also change it using a Duo-enrolled device. With the Duo option, you’ll need your MIT ID number as well.

On campus

If you prefer, stop by IS&T’s Service Desk in the Atlas Service Center on the first floor of building E17, from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. A consultant there will be happy to assist you in changing your Kerberos password. To confirm your identity, the consultant will ask to see some form of photo ID, so bring along your MIT ID card, driver’s license, state ID card, or passport.

Off campus

If the above options don’t work for you, send an email with a “selfie” of you holding a photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport. Make sure you conceal any identifying numbers and information apart from your full name and picture. You’ll also need to include your Kerberos username and a contact phone number in the email.


If you have questions or need help with a password change, contact the Service Desk.