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December 15, 2010

Public computers will soon require login

Changes begin next month for River Campus

Starting in January, access to kiosks and public computers in the libraries and IT Center on the River Campus will require login credentials for use.

To ensure access to resources on public computers, you will first need to initialize your NetID for the new service.

University IT will be sending letters to all faculty, staff, and students, beginning Jan. 4, outlining the steps needed to complete the initialization process. The new logon requirements are part of an effort to further protect information and will help preserve availability of computers for the University community.

The public will still be able to use public computers; however, access to resources and Web sites will be significantly limited. Those who wish to can apply for a visitor ID by filling out an online application and bringing a photo ID to the IT Center in Rush Rhees Library or the circulation desks in the Rush Rhees and Carlson libraries. The visitor pass will be valid for 72 hours.

Another new feature is that the computers will log you off automatically after 15 minutes of inactivity, which will help preserve the user’s security, although University IT reminds users that they should always log off from public computers when they have finished using them. Computers also will be set to go into a suspended power state after extended periods of inactivity, starting later in the spring semester. When a computer logs off, the machine will reboot, automatically clear private information, and restore default settings.

Starting in June, public computers in classrooms, labs, and other sites on the River Campus and at Eastman will require the same login process.

The login initiative for public computers is the first step in several planned upgrades. Once the public computers are set to require login credentials, live facility maps will be available in the libraries and IT Center, allowing individuals to see—in real time—which facilities have computers available for use and exactly where they are located.

Once you have initialized your NetID, you will have access to a new wireless service that will allow you to authenticate your laptops, smart phones, and other wireless devices just once. These devices will automatically connect to the University network in the future and will not require you to log in as you move around campus.

Learn more about NetID at www.rochester.edu/it/netid.

Forgot your NetID? Bring your employee badge to one of the following locations for assistance:

IT Center (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday–Friday, located in the back of Rush Rhees Library.)

University IT Networking and Communications NOC (8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday–Friday, located in room 102 in the Towne House.)

Eastman IT group (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday–Friday, located in room 35 in the basement of Eastman by the Internet Cafe.)

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