Password change

This guide will give you tips and hints for changing your password for your central HWR account.

Delete stored passwords

First, you should delete all saved passwords from all your devices, because if you have saved old passwords on your devices, your account may be blocked by unsuccessful automated authentication attempts.

This checklist helps you to find all saved passwords. Please remember the passwords for

  • eduroam Wi-Fi
  • E-Mail
  • Moodle
  • FINCA (FB3-5, FSI)
  • Campus4u (FB1, IMB; only relevant for students)
  • VPN
  • mapped network folders (on private computers via VPN)

each directly in the system or in software like

  • Outlook
  • Thunderbird
  • mail client of your smartphone/tablet
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari

on all your devices such as

  • smartphone
  • tablet
  • laptop
  • desktop
  • private desktop/laptop

Note: The password for the library services is not associated with the central account. It can be changed by https://bibkey.hwr-berlin.de/ and applies for all library services. Only the initial password is the same as in the central account.

Change password

Now change the password for your HWR account in one of the usual ways.

Please note the minimum length of 8 characters and the generally recommended rules for secure passwords:

  • mixture of numbers, special characters, uppercase and lowercase letters
  • no words that can be found in a dictionary
  • no personal information or data (like wedding dates or pet names)

students / lecturers:

  • OpenXchange -> settings -> password change or
  • after successful login to a HWR computer in the HWR network, press Ctrl-Alt-Del again and select Change Password / Kennwort ändern

staff / professors:

  • Outlook Web Access -> options -> password change or
  • after successful login to a HWR computer in the HWR network, press Ctrl-Alt-Del again and select Change Password / Kennwort ändern

Save password

If so desired, you can now save the new password again in all devices and software instances.

Caution: If you save your passwords, always use additional security like lock screens, master passwords, encrypted password safes etc.

You are legally responsible for all communication and actions taken with your account and under your name.