UW-Madison Box - Creating an External Password

This document describes how to create an external password to use with third-party apps.

UW-Madison users can generally log into their UW-Madison Box accounts using their NetID and password. While this is true for the web client, desktop client, and some mobile clients and apps, other third-party applications may not be configured to use Single Sign On (SSO).

If an app integrates with Box.com but does not use SSO, you will need to have an external password created that can be used for authentication within the app.

  1. Go to https://uwmadison.box.com/ and log in with your NetID and password.

  2. In the upper right-hand corner, click on the Gear Icon, then select Account Settings from the dropdown menu.

    The gear icon appears to the right of your name in the upper right-hand corner
  3. Scroll down until you find the Create External Password section. Even if you have never created a password, it will appear as though one already exists. Click on Edit Password.

    • Note: You do not need to remember an external password to reset it.
  4. Begin typing your desired password in the New Password field. As you do, the meter below the text field will report the strength of your password choice. Re-type the password in the second field and click Save when ready.

    • Note: For security reasons, your external password should not be the same as your NetID password.
  5. If the password was reset successfully, you will see a confirmation message at the top of the page.

    The message will read: Your settings have been successfully updated.
  6. You should now be able to log into Box-integrated apps that do not use SSO by entering your your account's primary email address (in the format netid@wisc.edu) as the username, in combination with your external password.




Keywords:box.com box.net 3rd third party applications sso "single sign on" sign-on create new reset change setting up passwords   Doc ID:32696
Owner:Jeannine B.Group:Box
Created:2013-08-12 13:13 CDTUpdated:2015-03-20 16:19 CDT
Sites:Box, DoIT Help Desk, DoIT Tech Store
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