Options for changing your Kerberos password
June 1, 2022
Phil Johnson
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Screenshot of Set your password screen in M-I-T Atlas mobile app.

The Kerberos authentication system provides a high level of security for your online MIT identity. If your password is over a year old, you will be required to change it when you renew your MIT certificate(s). Note that IS&T will never ask you to send or reset your password via email.

If you need or want to change your Kerberos password, Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) provides a variety of methods for doing so.

Using your current password

You can use your current password to change your Kerberos password via the IS&T website or through the Atlas mobile app (Menu → Profile → Update password).

If you forgot your password

If you’ve forgotten your current password, don’t worry! You can also change your password online using a valid MIT certificate or with a Duo-enrolled device. With the Duo option, you’ll need your MIT ID number as well.

If the above options don’t work for you, send an email with a “selfie” of you holding your MIT ID (digital or physical). You’ll also need to include an alternative email we can reach you at, your kerberos username, and a contact phone number in the email. If you don't have a MIT ID, you can request ID verification through a Zoom meeting. You can also visit the Atlas Service Center on the ground floor of E17 for in-person assistance.

Choose a strong password

However you choose to change your password, be sure to make the new one strong and something you’ve never used before. A password manager can help you to create and securely manage strong, unique passwords for all of your applications. MIT offers LastPass Enterprise to community members for no charge.


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