What is User ID and Password?

User ID and Password:

 A computer system uses userids and passwords together to grant access to the system. You need the correct combination of userid and password, to access your account.

User ID: 

The userid identifies you to the computer. Userids are typically some form of your name. (Your last name, for example). A userid must be unique throughout the computer system. This allows the computer to distinguish between you and some other person. One confusing issue is that different systems refer to a userid (the thing that identifies you to the computer) with different names. Some that you may run across are:
  • Login ID
  • Username
  • Userid
But, they all refer to that special name that identifies you to that particular computer system. Your userid is also used for communication with other people through electronic mail. Since the userid identifies you to the computer, it is natural for it to be used to identify you to other computer systems. 

For example: The person Joe B. User could have this userid, "jbu3470". The userid is made up of the person's initials and the digits of some personal identification number.


To prevent other people from using your account via your userid, you are required to have a password. A password allows you and only you to access the computer system through your userid. It basically proves to the computer system that you are who you say you are. 

So it should be obvious that you DO NOT GIVE YOUR PASSWORD TO ANYONE!!!

User ID and Password Rules: Please review the User ID and Password guidelines below before selecting a User ID or selecting or changing your Password.

User ID:

  • User IDs must be 7-14 characters
  • User IDs must contain at least one letter; numbers are allowed, but not required
  • User IDs cannot contain spaces
  • User IDs cannot contain your Social Security Number, Tax Identification Number, or Customer Access Number
  • No special characters are allowed, such as: ! @ # $ % ^ &
  • Use of an underscore is allowed but not required: _
  • Do not use your Password as your User ID


  • Passwords must be 7-14 characters
  • Passwords must include at least one letter and one number
  • Passwords cannot contain spaces
  • Semicolons cannot be part of a Password
  • Passwords are case-sensitive
  • Do not use your User ID as your Password
  • If you forget your User ID or Password, you can retrieve them through the "User ID & Password Help" link.

Note: You cannot change your User ID once it is established.

What to do with a message

There are many operations that can be performed on emails:
  • New, Compose, Write: Write a new message
  • Erase, Delete, Remove: Erase a message
  • Store, Save, Backup, Drafts: Copy a message into a safer place
  • Print: Print a message
  • Reply: Send a reply message to the sender (sometimes including their own message in the body of the document, with each line proceeded by the symbol ">" and "Re:" followed by their chosen subject as the title, to show that it is a reply. The Reply All button makes it possible to send a reply to the sender as well as everyone else who had been put as a recipient or on copy.
  • Forward: Forwards the message to someone else, letting them know that the message comes from you. The subject is generally preceded by Fwd: to indicate that it is a forwarded message.
  • Redirect, Transmit: Forward a message to someone, letting them know where it originally came from. The subject is generally preceded by Fwd: to indicate that it is a forwarded message.
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