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Strengthening PennKey: The Transition to Penn WebLogin
September 22, 2009, Volume 56, No. 04

As part of the Strengthening PennKey project, launched in 2008 (see www.upenn.edu/computing/pennkey/strengthen-pennkey for background), the University has been phasing in Penn WebLogin, a more secure and reliable technology for authenticating (identifying) users who log in to PennKey-protected web resources. Please note that your PennKey and password are NOT affected by the transition to Penn WebLogin.

Some School-based and centrally provided PennKey-protected resources, including Zimbra e-mail and Campus Express, have already adopted the WebLogin technology; others, including widely used resources such as the Penn view of the online Directory and the resources available through the U@Penn portal for employees and the PennPortal for students, will be adopting Penn WebLogin later in the fall semester. The campus-wide transition to Penn WebLogin is scheduled for completion at the end of December.

In this evolving environment, be aware that when you log in to a PennKey-protected resource that has transitioned to Penn WebLogin, you will see a different login screen from the one you were accustomed to seeing. In addition, for up to 10 hours you will be able to access, without logging in again, certain other PennKey-protected web resources that have adopted the WebLogin standard—a feature known as single sign-on (SSO). Most importantly, when you finish working, be sure to log out securely and exit (Windows) or quit (Mac OS) your web browser to ensure that no one else can access protected web resources in your name.

Additional information about Penn WebLogin will be disseminated this fall, as more PennKey-protected web resources transition to Penn WebLogin. In the meantime, please consult the Penn WebLogin website at www.upenn.edu/computing/weblogin/ for more information.

—Robin Beck, Vice President, Information Systems & Computing


Almanac - September 22, 2009, Volume 56, No. 04