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Your Enhanced Security Profile (ESP) provides you with the assurance that you are connecting to a legitimate Princeton site and adds an additional layer of security to improve our ability to identify you when accessing applications protected by PUaccess. Setting your ESP requires you to set a new password, select a personal image/phrase, and select and answer three security questions.
To set your ESP for the first time, follow the steps below.
1. Open your web browser and go to: www.princeton.edu/puaccess
2. Enter your University netID to proceed, then click the Continue button. If you do not know your netID, search the Online Directory.
3. Enter your password.
You will be asked to enter your initial password into the generic Access Pad that looks like the image below. Enter your password and click the enter button within the image. (If you are activating a new account, use the password provided in your welcome mail or e-mail, or through your Help Desk representative.) The generic Access Pad shows only a current time stamp to assure you of its legitimacy. When you set your security profile, the Access Pad will be personalized with a background image/phrase combination that you select. Seeing that image/phrase combination gives you assurance that it's safe to enter your password.
4. Click the Set my security profile now button to proceed with creating your Enhanced Security Profile.
4a.You may be prompted to enter information on file at Princeton that will verify your identity, such as a portion of your birth date or social security number. If you do not know your password, contact the OIT Help Desk.
5. Set a new password.
Your new password must meet current password requirements. See these password tips for choosing a password that is both safe and easy to remember. You have five opportunities to enter the correct netID and password. After that, your login must be reset by the OIT Help Desk.
6. Select an image/phrase for your personalized Access Pad.
The Access Pad consists of an image/phrase combination that you select. Every time you see your Access Pad, it will have a new time and date; this is an additional security feature. Before entering your password, check the time and date.
On this screen you are prompted to either accept the default image/phrase combination that is randomly generated for you or you can cycle through the image/phrase combinations to choose the look of your personal Access Pad yourself. Click the Change image and phrase button to see a new image/phrase combination, or the Continue button to accept the combination you see on the screen.
7. Select and answer three security questions.
You will be asked to select and answer three questions that will be used to enhance security for your account. When accessing sites protected by PUaccess, you may be asked to answer a security question to gain access to the site. Security questions are also used to verify your identity so that you can be allowed to reset a forgotten password.
8. You have successfully set up your Enhanced Security Profile. In the future, to change your password, change your Access Pad image/phrase combination, or to change your security questions, go to: www.princeton.edu/puaccess and use the links on the Manage My ESP page.