In an ideal world, we would all change our Net-ID/email passwords regularly. In real life, though, most people change them rarely if at all. Sometimes you're going to want to change your password, however. In particular, you might want to change it when someone else has gotten access or you think they might have gotten access.
Here are three straight forward ways to change your password*
1. On a PC that is on the IASTATE domain (you have to login with your Net-ID and password)
--When logged on to your computer, type Ctrl-Alt-Del
--Select Change a Password
--Type your old password. Type your New password. Confirm your new password.
2. In a web browser, go to http://exchange.iastate.edu
--Log in with your Net-ID and password
--In the left-hand column, select Change Password
--Type your old password, your new password, and confirm your new password.
3. In a web browser, go to http://asw.iastate.edu
--Log in with your Net-ID and password
--Click on Manage Net-ID
--Click on Change your Password
--Type your current password, your new password, and retype your new password.
*Remember, when you change your Net-ID password, it changes both your email login AND your computer login if you're on a Windows machine.
Some of you may be seeing the following message when you start up Outlook:
'The Add-in "Outlook Scan" (C:Program Files\McAfee\VirusScan Enterprise\Scanotlk.dll) cannot be loaded and has been disabled by Outlook. Pelase contact the Add-in manufacturer for an update..."
The fix for this is as follows (assuming you are using Outlook 2007):
If you have problems or questions, you can call the EIT hotline at 515.294.1725.
If you're interested in why this might be happening, here's a brief explanation. Yesterday, we made available an update to McAfee VirusScan, which downloads automatically to your computer. For some people, this created a conflict between an older version of the Outlook Scan plug-in and the new version. Unclicking the first Outlook Scan in the instructions above, removes this conflict and eliminates the error message.
I should add that this has affected very few people, but wanted to get the information out there for those who are seeing it.
ETA (Edited to Add): Some people have reported that although they see the above error message, they only find one 'Outlook Scan' listed under 'Exchange client extensions.' In that case the solution is as follows:
If you are running Windows Vista:
If you're running Windows XP look in C:\documents and settings\username\local settings\application data\microsoft\outlook instead. Otherwise the instructions should be the same.
As I've noted before, about 90% of all email is spam. This means that no matter how good your filtering is or how much your organization or ISP does to control spam, you will get spam in your mailbox. Most of this spam will be obvious, but occasionally, it can be tricky to tell if it really is spam or might be a legitimate email. In phishing scams, for example, spammers count on your confusion to get you to click on a bogus link or open a malicious attachment. When spam filters are catching most of your spam, you need to be even more alert to catch the ones that slip through.
So, how do you tell the good stuff from the bad stuff? Here are some pointers:
If you're not sure, ask the Extension IT support desk. And trust your instincts. If it sounds suspicious, there's probably a reason. Delete it.
We recently upgraded to Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro 7. If you haven't yet attended a meeting in the new version, you'll find that a few things have changed, although most things will still look fairly familiar.
--Audio has been separated from video. If you're having a Voice Over IP meeting (VOIP) with no telephone, you don't have to enable video in order for a participant to speak. Participants will still need a microphone.
--New icons. Under 'My status' the icons have changed. In addition, there are some new icons to indicate Laughter, Applause, Stepping away from the computer, as well as the ability to Agree and Disagree. There are new icons for the new Audio controls, as well as icons to indicate who is speaking and who has the 'mic' when a particiapant's audio has been enabled.
Figure 1: Some of the new status icons in Adobe Connect Pro 7:
Figure 2: New audio icons with user status options (these are the same options that appear under the 'My status' drop down)
As you know, all your most recent email resides on the Exchange server on campus rather than your local computer. This means you can have access to your email wherever you are.
However, there are three critical things to keep in mind in this context:
Here are four EASY ways to more effectively manage your emails (See Four Simple Steps to Managing Your Mailbox Size for details)
If you're reluctant to store fewer emails or attachments on the server because you think you might need them some day, consider the following:
If you need help implementing any of these suggestions, contact the ISUE Computer Support Hotline at 515-294-1725 or via email at email@example.com
If you're living in Story or Boone counties and have Verizon wireless, you may have noticed that your cell phone has been losing its charge much more quickly than usual, sometimes in less than twenty-four hours.
According to our Verizon rep, this is because Verizon is in the process of testing EVDO for this area. They're doing their testing in the evenings and on weekends and repeated switching between EVDO and National Access will run down the battery. They hope to finish testing and get EVDO on line in Boone and Story counties in two to three weeks. Battery life should return to normal once testing is completed.
So, the bad news is you may have to pay more attention to your battery charge for the next few weeks. The good news (at least for those with a data plan) is that EVDO offers true broadband speeds and access will be much faster locally once EVDO is fully operational in Boone and Story counties.
We're going to be offering two new online training series for ISU Extension staff:
Each class, held regularly via Breeze, will last 30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes for questions. Since everyone's needs and interests vary, so does the flexibility of these series. You can sign up for one, all, or none of the classes in a series. Even better, with Breeze, you can participate in a class right from your own office!
The General IT Topics series begins Monday, October 16th and will continue on the third Monday of each month with a different topic.
The Using Breeze Meeting series begins Monday, October 9th and will usually continue each week on Wednesdays with a different topic each time.
For a list of topics and registration information, go to http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Comp/Training/online
Can't attend a 'live' session? Class recordings will also be linked from this page after the event.
If you have questions about these offerings, contact Robin Brekke via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 515-294-8658.
The following PDF demonstrates how to map to the S Drive.