Welcome, new and returning K-Staters! This back-to-school article provides:
- Free IT resources that can save you money, time, and effort
- Information to give you a fast start on the fall semester
— courtesy of K-State’s Information Technology Services.
1. Wireless networking
WHAT: Connect your mobile devices to K-State’s computer network
WHERE: “KSU Wireless” (all K-Staters), “KSU Housing” (res halls), “KSU Guest”
2. Printing from your personal laptop
WHAT: Wireless access to printers (and $10 of free printing in fall semester)
WHERE: University computing labs, and K-State InfoCommons (Hale Library)
Continue reading “K-State IT resources that save $$, time, and effort”
Aug. 1-Sept. 12 is the timeframe for changing K-State eID passwords for the Fall 2012 semester. This mandatory password change occurs each fall and spring, and applies to both individual eIDs and group eIDs.
- To change your password: Use the Sign in to K-State webpage, sign in with your eID and current password, then click “Change your eID password” and follow the steps.
- Forgot your password? Call the IT Help Desk at 785-532-7722 (800-865-6143 toll-free) and verify your identity. Staff can set a temporary password for you to sign in.
Continue reading “eID password deadline is Sept. 12 for Fall 2012”
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Continue reading “IT solutions: eIDs and passwords”
The spring 2012 semester eID password-change period is open until Feb. 8. This mandatory password change occurs every fall and spring and applies to all eIDs, including individual and group eIDs.
To change your password go to eid.k-state.edu, sign in with your eID and current password, then click “Change your eID password” and follow the steps.
Once you have changed your password, immediately update the password settings with your new password in all your computers, devices, and applications, or else risk getting locked out of K-State wireless or email. This includes:
- KSU Wireless and/or KSU Housing wireless connections (using XpressConnect)
- Your local email and calendar client such as Outlook, MacMail and iCal, Pegasus, or Gmail
- Your mobile device(s) such as your cellphone or tablet
Forgot your password? Call the IT Help Desk (785-532-7722) and verify your identity. Staff can set a temporary password for you to sign in.
Email reminders are sent to K-Staters with unchanged passwords prior to the password change deadline. After Feb. 8, those with unchanged passwords will lose access to K-State webmail, iSIS, K-State Online, limited-free printing, university computer labs and other resources.
For more password details, including how to choose a good one, read the “frequently asked questions about eID passwords.”
Wednesday, Feb. 9, is the last day for all K-Staters to change the passwords on their K-State eIDs for the spring semester. This mandatory password change occurs each fall and spring, and applies to both individual eIDs and group eIDs. After Feb. 9, unchanged passwords will lose access to K-State e-mail, iSIS, K-State Online, the university computing labs, and other IT services.
Last year’s updated password requirements make it easier to select a password by allowing:
- A phrase with several words and spaces
- Up to 30 characters (7 minimum)
Remember that K-State will NEVER ask for your password via e-mail. Any e-mail that does so is a scam and should be deleted immediately.
Continue reading “eID password deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 9 (spring 2011)”
The spring 2011 deadline for changing passwords on K-State eIDs is Wednesday, Feb. 9. This mandatory password change each fall and spring applies to individual eIDs and group eIDs.
Be aware that passwords can now be longer — up to 30 characters — and can include blank spaces. All other criteria remain the same. The Password FAQs list the complete password criteria, plus tips on choosing a good password.
- To change your password, sign in on the eid.k-state.edu website, click “Change your eID password”, and follow the steps.
- Continue reading “eID password deadline is Feb. 9 (next week)”
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:
- 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!
Continue reading “Six things you need to know about IT security at K-State”
K-Staters have all of January through Wednesday, Feb. 9, to change the passwords on their K-State eIDs for the spring semester. This mandatory password change occurs each fall and spring, and applies to both individual eIDs and group eIDs. Long-term use of the same password is a known risk factor, and last year’s updated password requirements make it easier to select a password by allowing 7-30 characters and also a multi-word phrase with spaces.
After Feb. 9, unchanged passwords will lose access to K-State e-mail, iSIS, K-State Online, the university computing labs, and other IT services.
Continue reading “eID password deadline starts for spring 2011”
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 custom 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”