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About Penn WebLogin

Penn WebLogin, a more secure and reliable central PennKey authentication process for restricting access to web applications and static web pages, is in place across the University.

Penn WebLogin Essentials

  • Create a session and access protected web resources: Penn WebLogin allows you to create a 10-hour session and connect to many PennKey-protected web resources without logging in to each one separately. This capability is referred to as single sign-on (SSO).

While your session is in effect, you may be asked to verify your password to access certain PennKey-protected web resources. Password verification occurs when the resource provider requires an additional layer of security.

Some web resources you have accessed may be configured to time out after a period of inactivity. Resource timeout is determined by individual resource providers and does not affect the length of your WebLogin session.

  • Log out to terminate your session: When you have finished working with protected web resources, itís very important to terminate your WebLogin session to ensure that no one can access protected web resource(s) in your name. This is especially important if you are using a computer that others have access to (for example, in a University library or lab, or even at home).

    The logout button or link on most Penn-Key protected web resources will guide you directly or indirectly to the logout page where you can terminate your session. You can also go directly to the logout page at We recommend that you bookmark the logout page so it is readily accessible.

  • Quit/Exit your web browser: For extra security, always exit (Windows) or quit (Mac OS) your browser when you finish working. Exiting/quitting your browser terminates your 10-hour WebLogin session and also ensures that you have not inadvertently left open a protected resource that has yet to adopt the Penn WebLogin standard.

WebLogin session expiration

Your Penn WebLogin session will expire in 10 hours unless you terminate it earlier. You will not receive any notification when your session nears or reaches expiration.

If you are working within a protected resource when your session expires, at the next action you take, you will be presented with the Penn WebLogin screen.

If you've lost track of when your session will expire and want to avoid having it expire while you are working, you can always save your work, terminate your session as described under WebLogin essentials above, and log in again to create a new 10-hour session.

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