Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Clock continues to TICK on Password Change Deadline

Penn State's initiative to foster a safer computing environment requires that all Access Account holders change their passwords on an annual cycle. Note: any university password changed after August 1, 2006 will expire exactly 365 days from the date and time of change. The College of Ag Sciences is following the same initiative in regards to AG account passwords.

College of Ag Science faculty and staff will normally have TWO accounts. They will have a PSU Access Account and a College of Ag Sciences' AG account. Note, some have more and other faculty/staff have less. Also note that county email accounts are AG accounts and also need their passwords changed by April 2.

This means that you need to change your password, in most cases, 2 places. Our How To provides directions on How To Change your PSU Access Account password and your AG password. This How To also gives you a list of which services use your AG password and which one use your PSU password. For example, if you use Dreamweaver for web development on the college's web server, you will need to update the AG password in Dreamweaver's settings.

For more infromation, including deadlines in the University's campaign to have all Penn State community members change their Access Account passwords, see the following eNews article from Jan 18, 2007.

Change your Password - no April Fool's (or Groundhog Day Eve) joke!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Install IE7 Phishing Filter Update

The new IE7 Phishing Filter evaluates an entire Web page when the page is opened. If a page contains a number of frames, the Phishing Filter may prevent it from loading. One example we have seen was a web based video conference using streaming QuickTime. The page never loaded with the Phishing Filter enabled. On Dec 12, 2006, Microsoft released an update to Internet Explorer 7. The update is designed to resolve slowdowns for Web pages containing a number of frames.

See these Install Phishing Filter Update steps from the How To Install Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP. They are written for College Enterprise computers that are using Windows XP Service Pack 2.