CAB – Compromised Your Password? Change it Immediately! (IT Training Tip)

This month’s Cyber Aware Bobcat (CAB) tip is about changing your password in the event of a compromise. This weeks tip will focus on three of the most frequently used passwords you use at Bates; your Network/Email Password, your Garnet Gateway PIN/Password, and your Banner INB Passwordbut the advice from this tip should be practiced for all of your passwords; professional and personal.

We have all seen it before, that embarrassing moment when you’re at a presentation, and the presenter (or even worse, you’re the presenteraccidentally types in their password in the wrong location, and it’s displayed on the big screen for everyone to see! Maybe your working side-by-side with someone on a project and you think your cursor is in the right spot, only to discover it’s not, and you’ve accidentally typed your password in a Microsoft® Word document for any onlookers to see. I’ve even done it! Thinking my cursor was in a password field, I typed out my password and pressed the enter key, only to find out seconds later that I just sent my password to someone via instant messaging.

When a password compromise like that happens, the first thing you want to do is change your password immediately with a new strong and secure passwordand if you have a tendency of reusing passwords, you’ll want to change those too! The ConnectSafely website, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy, and security recently published an article on Tips for Strong, Secure Passwords & Other Authentication ToolsThis article has some great recommendations for creating strong and secure passwords. I would also recommend watching the two-minute video at the end of the article on Smart Passwords.

Changing your Bates Network/Email Password –

Access Password Manager:

  • Open a web browser, and navigate to The Quad website at quad.bates.edu
  • Scroll down to the Useful Links section and click on the A-Z Index
  • Navigate to the “P” category
  • Locate and click on the Password Manager link
  • Log into Password Manager with your existing Bates Username and Password
  • Once logged in, click on the Change Password link located in the User Menu
  • Once you have changed/updated your password, make sure to Log Out of Password Manager

Note: In any of our electronic communications to you about passwords, we will never directly link you to the Bates Password Manager website. Some email clients may automatically create web links for web addresses. Always check the underlying link to make sure it’s valid and not a phishing attempt to gain your password.

Changing your Garnet Gateway PIN/Password –

Login to the Garnet Gateway:

  • Click on the Account & Access header
  • Under the Security section, click on Garnet Gateway
  • Click on the Change PIN button
    • Enter your Old Garnet Gateway PIN
    • Create a New Garnet Gateway PIN
    • Re-enter your New PIN

  • Click on the Change PIN button

Changing your Banner INB Password –

Login to the Banner INB Administrative System:

  • Click on the Change Banner Password link located under the My Links section of the Banner INB interface
  • Follow the prompts to change your password

*CAB – Cyber Aware Bobcat

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