How to Change Your Biomail Password

Introduction

You cannot change your email password from within your email client.

There are two ways you can change your password: Come over to 1900 Urey Hall with a photo ID and we can reset your password for you, or else open an ssh session to biomail and manually change your password. Keep in mind that you will need to know your original password in order to do this. If you cannot remember your password, please come to Urey Hall to have it reset.

To manually change your password via ssh, do the following:

For Macintosh:

  1. Open up the terminal program which can be found in the Utilities folder.

  2. At the terminal prompt, type in ssh followed by your biomail email address:

    ssh user@biomail.ucsd.edu

  3. If this is the first time you are connecting to biomail via ssh, you will probably see a message like the following:

    "The authenticity of host 'biomail.ucsd.edu (132.239.58.91)' can't be established. Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)?"

    Type yes and hit enter. You will then be prompted for your biomail password.

  4. Once you have successfully logged in, at the biomail prompt ("Biomail%") type in "passwd" then press enter.

  5. Follow the on-screen instructions and your password will be change

  6. You will be asked to type in your current email password.

  7. You will be asked to type in a new password. Your new password must be at least 6 characters long. The first 6 characters of the password must contain at least two alphabetic characters and at least one numeric or special character.

  8. You will be asked to re-enter your new password for confirmation.

If your email application is set to remember your password, you will be prompted to type in this new password the next time you check your mail

For Windows PC:

See the following link for instructions on downloading and installing an SSH client:

http://acs.ucsd.edu/info/ssh_clients.shtml

  1. Run the putty.exe file that you downloaded.

  2. In the 'Host Name (or IP address)' field, type in biomail.ucsd.edu, make sure that the SSH field is selected on the line below and click the 'Open' button.

  3. The first time you connect to biomail you will see a message stating that: The server's host key is not cached in the registry. You have no guarantee that the server is the computer you think it is.

  4. Go ahead and click the 'Yes' button.

  5. At the 'login as:' prompt enter your user name and hit Enter. At the next prompt (user@biomail.ucsd.edu's password) type your password and hit enter.

  6. Once you have successfully logged in, at the biomail prompt ("Biomail%") type in "passwd" then press enter.

  7. Follow the on-screen instructions and your password will be changed

  8. You will be asked to type in your current email password.

  9. You will be asked to type in a new password. Your new password must be at least 6 characters long. The first 6 characters of the password must contain at least two alphabetic characters and at least one numeric or special character.

  10. You will be asked to re-enter your new password for confirmation.

If your email application is set to remember your password, you will be prompted to type in this new password the next time you check your mail