Did you know that Computing and Telecommunications Services offers Microsoft Active Directory Authentication Services to the campus community? Central IT will be hosting a question-and-answer session 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, June 8, in the Hemisphere Room in Hale Library (Hale 501). Come and find out how you can leverage the power of Active Directory for your user base.
K-State departments and units can use the power of Active Directory to simplify the deployment and management of IT services to the user base, at no cost. Continue reading “Central Active Directory Services available to departments/units”
The spring-semester deadline for changing passwords on K-State eIDs is Wednesday, Feb. 10. The mandatory password change each fall and spring applies to individual eIDs as well as 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-change deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 10”
In 2009, 431 K-Staters were duped by spear-phishing scam e-mails and gave away their eID password to criminals, who then used the stolen information to sign in to webmail and send hundreds of thousands of spam messages. Obviously, the first thing on this semester’s top-five security list must be:
- Never give your password to anyone in an e-mail message. K-State was plagued by nearly 300 instances of e-mail scams in 2009 that try to trick people into replying with their eID password. It has not slowed down in 2010. If you remember this one simple rule, you can prevent becoming a victim of these scams: 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.
Continue reading “Spring 2010: Five things you need to know about IT security at K-State”
It’s time once again to change your eID password so what better topic for this month’s IT security roundtable than managing your passwords. For online shopping, social networking sites, games, iTunes, PayPal, travel sites (frequent flyer accounts, Expedia, Orbitz, etc.), online banking (checking, savings, credit cards, loans), news and sports sites, blogs and wikis, cellphone account, home Internet provider, cable/satellite TV, your home computer, your laptop, your office computer, your departmental server, K-State’s eID, personal e-mail, K-State e-mail, flexible spending accounts… the list keeps growing. And all of them require a username and password. It’s enough to drive you crazy!
To help maintain your sanity, join us 9-10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15, in Union 213 to hear solutions to effectively manage your passwords:
Thus far in 2009, K-State has been the target of at least 64 different spear phishing scams that attempt to steal eID passwords, and at least 41 people have replied to the scams with their password. Of those 41 replies, 37 are known to have been used by criminals to log in to K-State’s WebMail system and send spam. That means K-State is averaging about two new scams every three days and one compromised WebMail account every two days. The latest compromised eID resulted in someone logging into K-State’s WebMail from the island nation of Mauritius and sending spam from the K-State e-mail servers. Besides the embarrassment of contributing to the worldwide scourge of spam, this has resulted in K-State getting put on spam blocklists for the likes of Hotmail, MSN, and Comcast.
K-Staters are probably tired of hearing this – IT support staff will never ask for your password in an e-mail. Follow that simple rule, and you will not become a victim of these scams.
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Wednesday, Feb. 11, is the deadline for all K-Staters to change the password on their eIDs for spring semester. This includes individual eIDs as well as group accounts. To change your eID password, go to the eid.k-state.edu site, sign in to your eProfile, and under Password Settings, click “Change your eID password or password-reset options.”
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A new semester has begun, so it is time to remind everyone of their personal responsibility in helping protect themselves online and keep K-State information and technology safe. To quote IT security experts, “the Internet is a bad neighborhood,”* and based on the number of security incidents at K-State in 2008, it’s getting worse. You can still function safely online, though, if you take the time to learn about security and “think before you click.” Here are five things you should know about IT security at K-State: Continue reading “Five things you need to know about IT security at K-State”
K-Staters have January through Feb. 11 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, which is why any K-State password cannot be re-used within a two-year period. Continue reading “Password-change deadline for eIDs is Feb. 11”