About Your NetID

Your NetID is the electronic key to a variety of computing systems and services at Duke. Used in combination with a strong password, the NetID provides access to online resources such as DukeMail, centralized server space, calendaring and Sakai.

Students are automatically assigned a NetID upon matriculation. Faculty and staff are assigned a NetID when their records are created through the new hire process in SAP (Duke’s Human Resources database).

Your NetID is different from your Duke Unique ID (DUID), a seven-digit numeric identifier printed on the back of your Duke ID badge in the upper left-hand corner.

The Unique ID and NetID are public information. The Unique ID, in fact, was created as a substitute for the Social Security number. It's an individual identifier that can be used publicly.

Because the DUID is public, you should never use it as a password. When you are setting up your NetID/password combination, and every time you are asked to change your NetID password, you should use a private combination of letters and numbers that would be hard for anyone else to guess.

Learn more about NetID passwords, including how to set up challenge-and-response questions that will allow you to change your password on your own and our recommendations for strong passwords.

Additional security for your NetID

Multi-factor authentication, also referred to as advanced or two-factor authentication, provides an additional layer of security when logging in or performing transactions online. The IT Security Office strongly recommends multi-factor authentication for access to critical systems or systems storing sensitive data. Any Duke faculty, staff or student can set up multi-factor authentication for their Duke NetID and can select which Duke-managed applications or websites (including https://work.duke.edu) to use it. Read more about multi-factor authentication.