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Sponsored Net-ID Accounts

There are four types of sponsored Net-ID accounts at Iowa State.  Net-IDs are necessary to access university resources like shared drives, to log onto the network, and to send and receive email.  All Iowa State faculty, staff and students register for a Net-ID when they come to Iowa State.  Sometimes someone who's affiliated with the university, but not technically faculty, staff or a student needs access to resources, sometimes a department needs an account for a special purpose, sometimes students need access to specific resources as a student employee.  Sponsored Net-ID accounts are for:

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Ten Tips for Stronger Passwords

We keep more and more information online.  Not just for work, but also in our personal lives--bank accounts, credit card records, mortgages, and family photographs.  For work, we keep payroll and student records and personnel folders.  Cloud services--where all your information is stored online rather than on your desktop or laptop computers--are increasing.  In many ways online cloud security is better than your personal security on your laptop or desktop.  But it's also only as good as your password

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Sharing Passwords

August 7, 2015

The university policy on password sharing is very clear.  Do NOT share your passwords with anyone.  You should also always be sure to use a strong password and change it regularly (at least once a year). It's also worth a reminder that you should never give your password out over the phone or on an unknown website.  Be sure to check the URL (at the top of the browser window) to be sure you're at the web site you expect.

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Copier Hard drives

August 7, 2015

Most modern copiers have harddrives which store a copy of the file you're copying.  This can become an issues when a new copier is purchased and the old copier is taken away.

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Encryption for Laptops

September 4, 2015

Iowa State University adopted a new six-point security plan last year.  Part of that plan includes whole-disk encryption for laptops.  If you have an enterprise class laptop (Dell Latitude) that you use for work at ISU then it will need to be encrypted. 

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Encryption Update

October 29, 2015

On September 4, 2015, Extension IT released information regarding Iowa State University's whole-disk encryption plan for laptops.  As of October 29, 2015, Extension IT staff have visited 16 out of the 20 regions and encrypted more than 800 laptops.  If you have not had an Extension IT staff member in your region yet, you may expect them within the next month.

Most campus staff computers have already been encrypted as well.  There are a few remaining departments remaining to be completed.

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