Accounts

Who Can Get an Account

Any member of the Computer Science may obtain an account on the college systems if they get approval from CS faculty. Members of the Computer Science who obtain an account may continue to use the systems as long as they abide by the guidelines in by the Acceptable Use Of Information Systems At Virginia Tech policy. Academics always take priority over personal uses when resources are in competition.

Getting a New Account

Fill the UNIX account application form and send to the address indicated on the form or drop it directly in room 303. For individual applicant, form has to be signed by your academic advisor or instructor as a proof of need for a UNIX account. You account will usually be activated within a week after you send your application form. Be sure to take the following steps:

Make sure you choose the 'Open a new user account' option rather than ' Extend an existing user account'.
Choose your login name CAREFULLY, as you are not allowed to change it once you have received your account.
Answer all the questions asked.

Changing Your Password

If you know your password and want to change it, then type the following command while logged in:
% passwd

This will ask you for your old password, and ask you to type in the new password twice. Your new password takes effect immediately. If you want to exit without changing your password, type Ctrl-c.

If you have forgotten your password or get the message Password incorrect when you try to login, please contact admin.

How to Choose a Good Password?

A good password is something which is easy for you to remember, but that people who know you won't easily guess; so don't use your name, or your dog's name, or a word from the dictionary. Passwords must be at least 8 characters long, and contain UPPER- and lower-case letters, numbers, or punctuation. A good password can be:

some initials, like GykoR-66 for Get your kicks on Rte 66.
an easily pronounced nonsense word, like slaRooBey or krang-its
a mis-spelled phrase, like 2HotPeetzas or ItzAGurl
Please Note: It is important that you do not tell ANYONE your password, including your friends, or even people from the Systems Staff. Remember, YOU are responsible for anything done using your password.