Student Computer Accounts and Passwords
When you are accepted to Laurier, a student email is automatically created for you. You do not need to create an email.
What is my Laurier network/email username and password?
Your username is the first four letters of your last name followed the last four digits of your student number. When logging in, do not append "@mylaurier.ca" to the end of your username. If you have never changed your network password before, then your default password is your date if birth in the format of MMDDYYYY.
Logging in to Email
- Go to g.mylaurier.ca.
- Enter your network login username (just the username, not the full email address).
- Enter your network login password.
- Click "login."
You can access MyLearningSpace by going to mylearningspace.wlu.ca.
For all MyLearningSpace-related issues, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reset LORIS Password
To reset a forgotten or locked-out LORIS PIN, you can do one of the following:
- On the LORIS login page, enter your ID number, click on “Forgot PIN?” and answer the security questions.
- Fill out the LORIS PIN Reset Request form.
- Call the ICT Service Desk at 519.884.0710 x4357. You will be asked security questions.
LORIS pins will be reset to the birthdate in MMDDYY format ("YY" is the last two digits of your year of birth).
ICT does not provide any technical or account-related support pertaining to LORIS. If you need any assistance with LORIS, visit Enrolment Services or call the office at 519.884.1970 x2800.
Reset Laurier Network/Email Password
To change your Laurier network/email password you have four options:
- Go to iam.wlu.ca for the self-service password reset.
- Come in person to the ICT Service Desk. Bring your one card with you for identification.
- Call the ICT Service Desk at 519.884.0710 x2222 or x4357. You will be asked various security questions. The account will be changed over the phone.
- Submit the Network/Email Password Change Request Form. Note: This process can take up to two business days before your password is changed.
Resetting temporary Network ID password
Follow the instructions below to change your temporary Network ID password.
- Go to https://auth.wlu.ca/ChangePwd.
- Enter your network ID and current, temporary password (i.e. your date of birth in MMDDYYYY format).
- Enter your new password, following these password requirements:
- Must be different from your previous password.
- Must be eight characters or longer.
- Must not contain your username, or first/last name.
- Must contain characters from three of the following: uppercase, lowercase, digit, non-alphanumeric.
- Click “Change Password” to confirm your new password.
Registering for Password Self-Service
Follow the instructions below to register for password self-service. This process will allow you to reset your password or unlock your account in the future.
- Go to https://iam.wlu.ca.
- Login with your network ID and password.
- Select the “Enrollment” tab at the top of the screen.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to register for password self-service.
Guidelines to Password Selection and Maintenance
The purpose of passwords is to prevent unauthorized people from accessing user accounts and the system in general. The basic selection principle is that passwords should be easy to remember but hard to guess or crack. Even if you feel that you do not have anything important on your account, you should be aware that getting onto a system via any account is the first step for unauthorized system access. The account that opens the door may not be of interest except as a point to launch an attack on the system in general. Your password is the primary defence against unauthorized access to both your private information and that of the university.
Passwords should be hard to guess. This means that passwords or components of passwords should meet the following criteria:
- Don't use your login name in any form (as is, reversed, capitalized, doubled, etc.).
- Don't use names of persons, pets, places or things significant to you in any form.
- Don't use numbers significant to you or someone close to you (phone numbers, birth dates, license numbers, etc.).
- Don't use any name, number, place or other item associated with the university.
Passwords should be immune as possible to attack by password cracking programs. This means that passwords or components of passwords should meet the following criteria:
- Don't use a word contained in English or foreign language dictionaries, place names, and proper nouns.
- Don't use passwords of all the same letter.
- Don't use passwords based on simple keyboard patterns, such as "ghjkl;" or "qwerty."
- Don't use any of the above reversed or followed/prepended by a single digit.
To construct a better password we recommend the following guidelines. Remember that the password should be easy to remember.
- Use a password with unusual capitalization.
- Use a password with nonalphabetic characters, e.g. numbers or punctuation, if your system allows them.
- Choose a line from a book, poem or song or generate a sentence you will remember. Use the first letter of each word to generate the password. For example, "In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure dome decree" could become "IXdKKaspdd."
- Concatenate words or parts of words. For example:
- dog + rain becomes "dog:rain" or better "doG:raiN"
- the + dog becomes "the1dog" or better "the1Dog="
- my + ninety + books becomes "my9tybooks" or better "mY9tyBooks"
- Embed or interleave two or more words. This technique is not for everyone. Embedding and interleaving comes easily to some people but the combinations are impossible to remember easily for others. For example:
- kitten + dog becomes "kitdogten" or better "kiTdogTen"
- cat + dog becomes "cdaotg" or better "cd8ao;tg"
- Once selected, your password should not be recorded anywhere either on paper or in a computer file.
- Do not share your password with anyone. Anyone who needs access to the system will be given their own account.
- Change your password regularly. Users are required to change their passwords every 90 days.
- If you believe that your password has been compromised and that your account, on any system, is being used by some other individual, contact Grant Li at x2797.
These guidelines are intended for your protection by making both your account and the university computer systems more secure.