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IT solutions: eIDs and passwords

(This “IT solutions” series started Jan. 30 to address the latest questions heard at the IT Help Desk, where consultants provide quick answers to the most current technology issues. Their goal is to provide impeccable customer service to the K-State community.)

Have you ever wondered if you’re the only person on campus with a particular computer problem? Got a quick technology question and don’t know who to contact?  Perplexed, confused, or frustrated by IT?  Rest assured. You are not alone. Contact the IT Help Desk at 785-532-7722 or e-mail helpdesk@k-state.edu.

It’s that time of year again — the dreaded eID password-change period. Common questions such as “What’s the deadline for the spring semester?” (Wednesday, Feb. 8, only a week away) and “What’s the minimum character requirement?” (10) are addressed at Frequently asked questions about eIDs and Frequently asked questions about eID passwords.

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IT security roundtable May 6: Traveling Safely

Summertime makes Manhattan seem like a ghost town as K-State students, faculty, and staff hit the roads and airways for distant lands. The potential rewards of personal and professional travel are great, but so are the security risks. Thus, this month’s IT security roundtable will discuss tips on how to travel safely so people can protect themselves from identity theft, financial fraud, and other threats related to information and technology while on vacation.

Join us 9-10 a.m. Friday, May 6, in Hale 501 (Hemisphere Room) to learn about: Continue reading “IT security roundtable May 6: Traveling Safely”

Six things you need to know about IT security at K-State

K-State broke a record in 2010, but it is not a record to be proud of:  445 K-Staters were tricked into giving away their passwords to criminals in response to spear-phishing scam e-mails. The criminals then used the stolen information to sign in to webmail and send thousands of spam messages.

Obviously, the first thing on this semester’s top-six security list must be:

  1. Never give your password to anyone in an e-mail message! K-State was plagued by 406 instances of phishing scams in 2010 (compared to 296 in 2009)  that try to trick people into replying with their eID password. The hackers responsible for these scams are relentless! If you remember this one simple rule, you can prevent becoming a victim: K-State IT support staff will never ask for your password in an e-mail, nor will any legitimate business or organization. If you get such an e-mail, just delete it. The same holds if you get an email with a link to a web form that asks you to fill in your username and password – don’t do it!
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eID password deadline Wednesday, Sept. 8 (fall 2010)

verifyWednesday, Sept. 8, is the fall-semester deadline for changing passwords on K-State eIDs. The university’s mandatory password change each fall and spring applies to individual eIDs as well as group eIDs.

It’s now a bit easier to select a password, thanks to the improved process that confirms when a valid password choice is being typed in (see the confirmation image below). Remember that passwords can also be longer (up to 30 characters) and can include blank spaces. Continue reading “eID password deadline Wednesday, Sept. 8 (fall 2010)”

eID registration simplified; new help site available

New K-State students, employees, and others should now have an easier time registering for a K-State eID through eProfile. The registration process has been streamlined and has several advantages:

  • Fewer steps to complete
  • When choosing an eID, the person can pick from several options based on their name or enter their own cpassword checkerustom eID.
  • Passwords are checked against K-State security requirements as they are typed. A red “X” is displayed until the password meets security requirements; then a green “OK” is displayed. Continue reading “eID registration simplified; new help site available”

Password-change deadline is Sept. 8

Wednesday, Sept. 8, is the fall deadline for all K-Staters to change passwords on their K-State eIDs. This mandate is for individual eIDs and group eIDs. After Sept. 8, those with unchanged passwords lose access to webmail, iSIS, K-State Online, free laser printing, InfoCommons computers, and other IT resources.

K-State will never ask for your eID password via e-mail. Immediately delete any e-mail that asks for your password (it’s a phishing scam). Continue reading “Password-change deadline is Sept. 8”

Six things you need to know about IT security at K-State

IT security = YOUThus far in 2010, 292 K-Staters have been duped by spear-phishing scam e-mails and given away their eID password to criminals who then use the stolen information to sign in to webmail and send thousands of spam messages. Sadly, we’re on pace to break last year’s record of 431 K-Staters who gave away their passwords in this way.

Obviously, the first thing on this semester’s top-six security list must be:

  1. Never give your password to anyone in an e-mail message! K-State was plagued by nearly 300 instances of phishing scams in 2009 (and 260 thus far in 2010!)  that try to trick people into replying with their eID password. The hackers responsible for these scams are relentless! If you remember this one simple rule, you can prevent becoming a victim: K-State IT support staff will never ask for your password in an e-mail, nor will any legitimate business or organization. If you get such an e-mail, just delete it. The same holds if you get an email with a link to a web form that asks you to fill in your username and password – don’t do it!
  2. Learn to recognize scams, frauds, and other forms of malicious communications so you don’t become a victim of identity theft, financial fraud, or end up with a compromised computer. Criminals are using all kinds of new tricks and coming at you from all angles — e-mail, social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, malicious links on webpages, Instant Messaging, phone calls, and even knocking on your door. As an example, last year more than 230 K-Staters were tricked into opening malicious e-mail attachments, resulting in 230+ compromised computers. Be informed and think before you click! Continue reading “Six things you need to know about IT security at K-State”

Another way to detect phishing scam e-mails

The daily count of compromised eIDs dropped after July 28 when a warning was sent to all K-Staters via the security-alerts mailing list, but sadly, some people are still responding to phishing scams and giving their eID password to criminals.

Quota/storage scams

Some of these scams try to convince people they have exceeded a quota or limit on the amount of e-mail they can store on the system. All such e-mails are scams, because there is no limit on the amount of e-mail you can store in K-State’s Zimbra e-mail system. Thus, a quick way to recognize a scam: Anything that indicates you have exceeded a storage limit or quota in K-State’s e-mail is a scam. Like other scams, you can simply ignore and delete the e-mail.

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Password-change timeframe starts Aug. 1

Aug. 1-Sept. 8 is the timeframe for all K-Staters to change their K-State eID passwords for the fall semester. This mandatory password change occurs each fall and spring, and applies to both individual eIDs and group eIDs. After Sept. 8, those with unchanged passwords will lose access to K-State webmail, iSIS, K-State Online, free laser printing, university computing labs and InfoCommons computers, and more.

An e-mail reminder is typically sent to K-Staters with unchanged passwords prior to the password deadline. But K-State will never ask for your eID password via e-mail. Continue reading “Password-change timeframe starts Aug. 1”