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How to log in

When the UW NetID "weblogin" service asks you to log in, enter your UW NetID and password. If they successfully match, the "weblogin" service will remember your identity for up to 8 hours. During this time, it will help you to log in to other UW Web sites without asking you to re-enter your UW NetID and password again and again - so be sure to log out when you are finished browsing.



How to log in, step by step:

  1. When a UW Web site needs to know your identity, it automatically redirects you to the "weblogin" service. The purpose of this trip is to authenticate who you are by requesting your UW NetID and password, which only you should know. Many UW Web sites use the "weblogin" service in this way, including MyUW, Web Alpine, Student Personal Services, Employee Self-Service, and the Catalyst Tools.

  2. When you arrive at the "weblogin" service for the first time during a browsing session it displays a login page which asks you to log in with your UW NetID and password. It may ask for SecurID too, if a higher level of assurance of your identity is required.

  3. Before entering your UW NetID and password, always verify that the login page comes from the "weblogin" service. The address should be This is the only Web site address you should trust with your password.

  4. Enter your UW NetID and password as needed and click the "Log in" button. Make sure you enter your UW NetID using all lowercase characters, and do not enter your full UW email address. Your UW NetID is the part of your UW email address to the left of the @ symbol (e.g. "myuwnetid" is the UW NetID in the email address

  5. If login succeeds, the "weblogin" service automatically redirects you back to the initial UW Web site that needed to know your identity. It receives your UW NetID (but not your password) as proof of who you are and now can decide what to do with you.

  6. If login fails, make sure your Caps Lock key is off and your Num Lock key is on. Then try again.

  7. The next time a UW Web site needs to know your identity, the same process unfolds, beginning with another trip to the "weblogin" service. However, this time you may not be asked to log in.

  8. Namely, when you are redirected to the "weblogin" service a second or third time or more, it detects that you have already logged in, so you can be reauthenticated without having to enter your UW NetID and password again. This feature is known as "single sign-in" and the "weblogin" service abides by it most of the time. It reduces the number of times you have to log in during a single browsing session and simplifies how to log in to several Web sites over a short period of time.

  9. The standard lifetime for this "single sign-in" period is 8 hours or until you log out, whichever comes first. During this period you may not notice return trips to the "weblogin" service, although, if you watch closely, brief indications may show up in your browser's status bar.

  10. To protect your privacy, remember to completely exit your browser when you are finished browsing. Exiting your browser deletes the "cookies" the "weblogin" service and other UW Web sites use to remember that you are logged in. To learn more, review how log out.