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We are currently experiencing issues with the phone system that handles many of the student services departments across campus.

 

The main lines for the following departments are currently unavailable.  If you need to reach these departments, please send an email to the appropriate address.

 

We apologize for the inconvenience we are actively working to restore service.  We will send follow up emails as the status changes.

New Student Password Policy Takes Effect Wednesday (4/10/13)

Posted on April 10th, 2013 by Help Desk

Don’t forget, the new password policy is effective today.  Update your password to at least 10 characters today and it will be valid for an entire year!

 

What do I have to do? 

  • Go to accounts.uccs.edu and click on Password Change to update your password.
  • If you are reading this from a lab computer on campus, just press Ctrl +Alt + Delete and click on Change Password.

 

How will this impact me?

  • If your password is less than 8 characters you will need to increase the length to a minimum of 10.
  • You will no longer have to change your password every 90 days, your password will be valid for an entire year. 

 

Some of the additional questions we have received are addressed below:

 

What if I’m a Student Employee?

  • We recommend you change your password to 10 characters.
  • You will still be required to change your password every 90 days because you are an employee of the university.

 

What if my password is already 10 characters? 

  • You do not need to change your password again, it is valid for one year from the date you last changed it.

 

Why the increase to 10 Characters? 

  • A 10 character password is harder for someone to crack than an 8 character password.

 

 

Important password tips:

 

Never use your UCCS password anywhere else 

This is how a majority of account compromises happen.  A user will use their UCCS username and password on another non-UCCS affiliated website, that website is compromised and passwords are exposed.  The username/password combination is then used to login to your account to send spam.

 

Make your password hard to guess, use a passphrase

Try to use a passphrase instead of a password.   Combining more than three(3) words and changing a couple characters into numbers not only takes longer for a computer to crack it if it fell into the wrong hands, but makes it easier for you to remember.

For example: CorrecThoRs3batteryst4ple

 

Network maintenance was completed shortly after 11:00 pm last night.  All connections to Osborne are up and running and we will continue to monitor the connections throughout the day.

 

If you experience any problems with your computer losing its network connection, please let us know ASAP.

 

We apologize for the recent network issues and thank you for your patience.

 

Original Message:  4/4/13 4:45 pm

If you are not in Osborne please disregard this message.

 

We are still experiencing issues with the network connections to Osborne Center.  In order to resolve this as quickly as possible, we will be performing maintnenace tonight (4/4/13) at 10:30 pm and lasting until 11:00 pm.

 

During this time both Internet and Phone service will be unavaialbe.  If you are working late this eveing please be sure to save all of your work prior to 10:30 pm.

 

For the latest status on IT systems please visit www.uccs.info.

 

Thank you,

 

UCCS IT Help Desk

helpdesk@uccs.edu

719-255-3536

www.uccs.edu/helpdesk

New Password Policy for UCCS Students

Posted on April 3rd, 2013 by Help Desk

The password policy for UCCS Students has been revised.  The goal of the new policy is to make it easier for you to access UCCS systems, without sacrificing security.  Effective April 10th, the end result is your password must be at least 10 characters, and then your new password is valid for 1 year.

 

Old Policy:

  • 8 Characters Minimum
  • Must Change Every 90 Days

 

New Policy

  • 10 Characters Minimum
  • Must Change Every 1 Year
  • Please note this policy does not apply to active Student Employees, Faculty & Staff.  To secure UCCS student data, your password requirements will remain under the old policy.

 

Why the increase to 10 Characters? 

  • A 10 character password is harder for someone to crack than an 8 character password.

 

What do I have to do? 

  • To take advantage of the 1 year time frame, you must update your password to 10 characters.  You can do this by going to https://accounts.uccs.edu and click on Password Change.  You can do this anytime between now and April 10th.
  • If you are reading this from a lab computer on campus, just click Ctrl – Alt – Delete and click on Change Password

 

Important password tips:

 

Never use your UCCS password anywhere else 

This is how a majority of account compromises happen.  A user will use their UCCS username and password on another non-UCCS affiliated website, that website is compromised and passwords are exposed.  The username/password combination is then used to login to your account to send spam.  If your password is longer than 8 characters you may be less inclined to use it on other sites, and it’s harder to crack.

 

Make your password hard to guess, use a passphrase

Try to use a passphrase instead of a password.   Combining more than three(3) words and changing a couple characters into numbers not only takes longer for a computer to crack it if it fell into the wrong hands, but makes it easier for you to remember.

For example: CorrecThoRs3batteryst4ple

If you are not in Osborne please disregard this message.

 

Over lunch today (4/3/13) we will be performing emergency network maintenance to address Internet connection issues.  The Internet connection will be unavailable for approximately 5 minutes starting at 12:30 pm today.

 

Multiple departments in Osborne have reported issues with their Internet connections constantly dropping.  This maintenance will address those issues and stabilize the connections for the building.

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