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Online Passport Overview

One "passport," many destinations

The Online Passport is Northwestern's web Single Sign-On (SSO) system, which enables you to log in once to gain access to many web-based applications. In addition to simplifying the login process, it also provides for improved application security by protecting your NetID and NetID password.

After your initial sign in to the Online Passport, your ability to access systems without repeated login lasts until you logout, close your web browser, or reach a four-hour idle time limit to help guard against unauthorized access to an unattended computer.

For your convenience, you can remain logged in via Online Passport for up to 12 hours at a time, provided you do not exceed the four-hour idle time limit.

How do I reach the Online Passport login page?

You can access any Online Passport protected system by entering the intended systems' URL or selecting a link in your browser. You will then be automatically directed to the Online Passport login page before access is provided. When you log in via Online Passport, the system will verify your identity and then redirect you to the web site originally visited.

What systems can I access?

The Online Passport has been deployed to the majority of University systems and is applied to new systems on an ongoing basis.

Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) capabilities can be added to the Online Passport to further increase the security provided by this service. Systems that elect to use MFA are provided with additional protection in the event that a NetID password is compromised.

Benefits to the University

The Online Passport has significant benefits for the University community:

Last Updated: 27 January 2020

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