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ISTA Account

This is the main account for IT services at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA), which consists of the:

  • ISTA username
  • ISTA password

For ISTA IT services, you’ve to always to use the same ISTA username, but there is quite a few exceptions – mainly for security concerns – where you’ve to use a different password. You’ll find these exceptions below.

To use this account, you’ve to agree to the Acceptable Use Policy and please make sure your password complies to the Password Policy.

The ISTA Account is used for:

Services NOT using the ISTA password

The following services will NOT work with the ISTA password, but with the ISTA username! You can set/change/view these passwords via Password manager.

Login to webservices

Following are screenshots of web interfaces where you have to use the ISTA username and the ISTA password.

Secure Login

Please make sure, that the page where you enter your password
is secured by “https” and
the URL ends with .ist.ac.at or ista.ac.at

Furthermore, our SSO should contain: “Institute of Science and Technology Austria [AT]” near the browser’s address field.

All other services are potentially fake and please report these to: .

Such fake pages and phishing E-mails are collected at: here. Please always check if you are not sure.

SSO (Shibboleth)

The following interface should only be seen if you’re off campus, using a private laptop or your mobile phone to login.

Devices maintained by IT and if you are on campus or connected via VPN should log you in automatically. This authentication is based on Kerberos and no extra password is necessary.  If you are on such a device at the ISTA campus, and you asked for a password, please visit [Enable kerberos auth for browser] or contact IT.

It is also advised to enable MFA (multi-factor authentication) for your account. Please see the MFA documentation for details.

Log in with your ISTA username
The Log in with your ISTA username message is because of an unsuccessful Kerberos (=password less)  authentication. Just login with ISTA username and ISTA password.

When visiting external services for the first time, it is necessary to approve what information will be sent to such services. We highly suggest to leave the default settings “Ask me again if information changes“. Please reject the service and contact us, if you think the provided information seems to be unnecessary for the usage of that service.

Other important services

Some services are NOT integrated to the SSO system, mostly because of technical reasons. Still, these services are important for the day-by-day use, please find the logins below.


Our payslips system, https://dpw.ist.ac.at/, is for security reasons only accessible internally (local on Campus or via VPN). For any ISTA IT managed device, an additional login should not be necessary. However, for some cases, where you’d like access with a private laptop or mobile phone, you’ll get the following login mask.


Please login with your ISTA username and ISTA password.



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