Compare UTLogin and Central Web Authentication (CWA)
Why Change the Login Page?
On Monday, June 24, 2013 the university began a year-long transition from the Central Web Authentication (CWA) system to a new UT EID-based authentication system, UTLogin. UTLogin will provide a more flexible and secure UT EID authentication service for campus.
The new login system, known as UTLogin, has a number of benefits over Central Web Authentication (CWA):
- A more contemporary look and feel.
- Sites using UTLogin do not log you out automatically every 30 minutes. Instead, you will be logged out after 60 minutes of inactivity.
- Removing the login popup window gets you to your destination more quickly.
- Enhanced security features behind-the-scenes.
What Did The Transition Look Like?
An updated UT EID login page will be phased into use as university websites adopt UTLogin. The transition was scheduled by phases in overlapping groups. UTLogin was released to the first transition group on June 24, 2013, and the current CWA system was retired in June 2014.
During this time, some systems asked visitors to log in using the old CWA login page and some systems will ask visitors to log in using the new UTLogin page. As the transition proceeded, more and more sites used the UTLogin page until the transition was complete and all sites had moved.
During the transition, no action is required by UT EID holders. This change only affects the look of the UT EID login page itself; there were no changes to password policies, password reset procedures, or other UT EID administration processes.
More on the New Features
Updated Look and Feel
The transition to a new UTLogin system created an opportunity to update the login page and give it an updated look and feel.
The CWA login page:
The UTLogin page:
Updated Security Features
Most of the new security features take place behind the scenes. One of the new security features is that UT EID holders must log in within five minutes of loading the UTLogin page. If a UT EID holder doesn’t enter their UT EID and EID password and click the “Log In” button within five minutes, their session will expire and they will be required to reload the page.
This feature helps to protect UT EID holders in case they enter their information, forget to log in, and walk away from the machine.
Another change is how the system handles bad password attempts. Instead of locking a UT EID when a set number of incorrect attempts are made (which forces the UT EID holder to change their password), the new system will temporarily lock the account without requiring the UT EID holder to change their password. This new method is not only more secure, but reduces the number of cases where UT EID holders are forced to change their passwords.