EmpowerID Quick Start

Welcome to EmpowerID! Your organization has implemented EmpowerID to help you keep your user information secure and manage your access to its IT resources. This topic will help become more familiar with EmpowerID so that you can quickly get about your business, accomplishing what you need to do as efficiently as possible. If you are a new user, this topic is the place to begin as it shows you the basics of using EmpowerID from your first login. Once you understand the basics, you can select any topics that are relevant to you and your organizational situation.

What is EmpowerID?

EmpowerID is an Identity and Access Management platform that makes it easy for organizations to securely manage their IT resources.

How Do I Start?

To get started with EmpowerID, you open your browser and go to the login page for your organization. The URL for this page should look something like https://eid.yourorganization.com/EmpowerID, where "eid" represents the name of your organization's EmpowerID server. The page you see should look something like the below image. In the image, there is only one login option, the default EmpowerID login. Depending on how your organization has configured the page, you may have more login options and the page may be themed differently.

Once you reach the page, do the following:

  1. Enter your credentials and click Login. If you are logging in with your EmpowerID account, you do not need to include your organization's UPN suffix (i.e., @yourorganization.com).
  2. After logging in, you may be directed to the enrollment page for the Password Reset Center. This page contains a series of password challenge questions that you answer in order to identity yourself to EmpowerID in the event you forget your password and need to reset it.

    If you are not directed to the enrollment page, this means your organization does not allow you to reset your password. If that is the case, the first page you will see is your personal home page.
    The below image shows the enrollment page with its default configuration. The page you see may be themed differently and present you with different question and answer options.

  3. Answer the questions presented to you and then click Submit.
  4. You provide your own question and answer for the Custom Question.

    After enrolling for password self-service reset (if that is your organization's policy), EmpowerID directs you to the home page that your organization has set for you. In the below image, that page is your personal dashboard. This dashboard allows you to quickly view panes of the most pertinent information about your activity within EmpowerID. An explanation of the dashboard panes follows the image.

    • My Open Tasks - In EmpowerID, tasks represent pieces of work that can be performed by an authorized user against an IT resource, and open tasks are those pieces of work that have been initiated, but not yet completed. If you are a user authorized to complete an open task, it appears in this dashboard pane.
    • My Tasks by Status - This pane provides a pie chart view of your tasks, with those tasks showing as open, rejected and approved.
    • My Requests by Status - In EmpowerID, requests represent actions that you have initiated against a resources for which you do not have the necessary access to complete. When this is the case, EmpowerID sends your request to other people with the ability to approve (or reject) your request. This pane provides a pie chart view of your reuests, with those requests showing as open, rejected and approved.
    • My SSO Apps By # of Logins - In EmpowerID, SSO Apps are Web applications that require you to authenticate, but do not support federated SSO (single sign-on). In these cases, EmpowerID provides the ability for you to still SSO to those applications through its browser extension. If you have accounts that EmpowerID knows about in these types of applications, your login activity to those applications (from EmpowerID) appears in this pane. For more information on adding these types of accounts to EmpowerID, see Using SSO Apps and Vaulted Info.

What is the purpose of the other elements I see?

Beyond your home page, you should see a number of elements common to each page. These elements are as follows:

  • Navigation Sidebar - The Navigation Sidebar is how you navigate the pages of the EmpowerID Web site and search for people and other types of resources. The amount of resources for which you can search and the number of pages available to you differ according to the amount of access your organization has given you.
  • Language and Profile Menu Items - These allow you to set your personal language preference, view and edit aspects of your profile, reset your password and log out of EmpowerID.

After logging in, what can I do?

As a default user of EmpowerID, your organization has given you the ability to do a few certain things. These are as follows:

The below capabilities represent the default given to standard users. Depending on your role within your organization, you may be able to see and do more or less.

How do I search for other people?

On every page of the EmpowerID Web application, you will see a Global Search control. This control contains two elements, a filter and a text field. The filter allows you to limit searches to particular resource types, such as people or shared folders. The text field provides a place for you to input the specific resource for which you are looking. For example, if you want to search for a person named "Megan Allen" you select person from the filter and then type "Megan Allen" in the text field. If your organization has a person named "Megan Allen" and you have access to view her then you will see a tile for her. Clicking the tile takes you to a page where you can view information about her.

By default, the Person search filter is selected. This filter is shown in the above image.

How do I change my password?

If at any time you wish to change your password, you can do so by clicking your display name and selecting the Change Password menu item.

Type your current password in the Change Password field, your new password in the New Password and Confirm Password fields and click Submit.

How do I view and edit my profile?

You can view your profile by clicking your display name and selecting the View Profile menu item.

This takes you to your View Self page. This page contains your basic profile information and a number of expandable accordions with information specific to your person.

To edit your profile information, click the Edit link directly underneath the image placeholder. Edit links have the Pencil icon.

As an alternative, you can bypass your View Self page and go directly to your Edit page for your profile by expanding IT Shop and clicking Workflows in the Navigation Sidebar and then clicking the Edit Your Profile Information button.

This opens the Edit One page for your person. This page contains tabs with fields of information about your person. To make an edit, select the tab(s) that contains the field(s) you want to edit, add your changes and click Save. If the changes you made require approval (such as would occur when uploading a profile image), EmpowerID will route your edits to a person with the ability to review and either approve or reject them. If a field is read-only (grayed out), you cannot edit it.

For more information on changing your profile, including your profile image, see Managing Your Profile.

How do I Reset a Forgotten Password?

If you have enrolled for password self-service reset as described above and have forgotten your password, you can reset it by clicking the Password link on the login page.

Resetting a forgotten password requires that you have either an email address or mobile phone that is registered in EmpowerID. This is necessary as EmpowerID sends you a one-time password as an intermediate step. You enter the one-time password to authenticate and then reset the password.

Doing so directs you to the Password Reset Center, where you enter your EmpowerID login or email and validate you're a human by passing the reCAPTCHA.

You then answer the personal challenge questions you created when enrolling for password self-service reset.

After answering your personal challenge questions, you select Unlock and Reset Password and specify the one-time password delivery method.