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Changing Your Password

by Raj Mehta and Peter Doshi

One of the often asked questions TCP/IP account users of VSNL have is: `How do I change my password.' You may want to change your password for more security, a temporary shared account, or for whatever reason. For whatever reason you may have, the directions here will work.

The process of changing your password for a TCP/IP user is almost identical to that a Shell account user uses.

Windows 95:

  1. Click on Start - Run
  2. Type in: telnet hostname.vsnl.net.in
    (eg. telnet giasbm01.vsnl.net.in )
  3. You will get a `login: ' prompt.
    Enter your username and password
Sample:

Digital UNIX (giasbm01.vsnl.net.in) (ttyp4)

login: rajm
Password:
[...]

You have new mail.
YOUR USAGE TIME IN HOURS OUT OF 500 HOURS
-----------------------------------------
REMAINING HOURS=    35.02
EXPIRY DATE   =     2.1.1999
usage between last two updates=1997 seconds
Usage is updated once a day.
Last updated on 04-11-98 at 03:22 hrs

You are requested to change your password regularly.
Password should be a combination of characters and 
numerics to avoid any guessing.

Press  to continue.

Press <Enter> to continue.
  1. Hit the `Enter' key as it requests
  2. Next, the `Main Menu' will appear. See the screenshot.
  3. Type: 7 and hit the `Enter' key.
  4. You will be prompted with:
     Old password: 
    Type in your current password you use to login to your account. Note that it says `Old', but that's assuming your current is old and the password you want to change to is the `new'. Also note that when you type it, it will not show - this is for security reasons, so just type carefully.
  5. New password: will appear. Type in the new password you wish to set with this account.
  6. Re-enter new password: will appear. Type in your new password again. You are requested twice to ensure that you typed the same thing twice and didn't make any mistakes on either try.
  7. You should get something similar to: `Password changed'.
    Hit enter to return to the `Main menu'
  8. Type 0 (zero) to exit out of this `telnet session'
  9. That's it.


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