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Your Carroll computing accounts will remain active as long as you are enrolled in classes, or have a faculty or staff appointment. If you leave the University for a semester, your accounts will be removed and then re-created if you return. Student accounts remain active for one year following graduation.
Carroll password must adhere to the guidelines:
In general, the longer the password, the more difficult it is for someone to figure out.
A password should not consist of dictionary words that have been changed in a systematic way, such as adding a single digit on the beginning or end or replacing all the O’s with zeroes. The "hackers" already know these tricks.
One way to choose a good password is to take parts of two words and join them together with a special character or symbol, such as "foot$paSs99". Some examples of good passwords include:
You can change your Pioneer Password by following these steps:
Reset your forgotten password by answering a series of security questions that you designate when you enroll in the system.
You can enroll in Pioneer Password Manager by following these steps:
Can you afford to lose your computer or the data you keep? Would such a loss be a severe handicap to your educational pursuits? Computers, like people, are vulnerable to infections and, like people, the more strangers you are exposed to, the more likely you are to catch a bug or virus. Operating on the Carroll network exposes your computer to approximately 5,000+ digital devices each day and that is just on campus. Your computer is one of your most important tools in your quest for education.
So, how do you protect your computer? Keep it vaccinated. There are several good antivirus programs available. Carroll provides one of the best antivirus applications for free. Install it. If you have another antivirus solution, keep it current. Demo packages that have not been paid for do not provide adequate protection. Consider additional protection from products like" Malwarebytes" or "Spybot Search & Destroy;" both are free and each offer excellent ancillary protection, like a booster shot.
The following link includes Microsoft's security recommendations for your Windows computer:
Adware/Spyware Detection & Removal:
These two recommended products are free to download for personal use:
Click here for general information about viruses. Virus/Worm/Spyware Information.PDF Spam Procedure.PDF
All users on campus have access to network storage for saving files for easy access across campus and from off campus. When you logon to Windows computers in labs or offices, your network storage is automatically mapped to what is called the "Q-drive." The Q-drive can be found in My Computer like the hard drive or DVD/CD drive. You may also access your Q-drive from an Apple computer attached to the network. The quota for network storage space is set at 1GB, which is enough to store most schoolwork. ITS recommends that users avoid storing large multimedia files in their accounts because these files are VERY large and users will quickly exceed their quotas. In the event that the quota is reached you will no longer be able to store any more data to the server.
In general, all important data should be stored in at least two separate locations, such as on your personal computer AND your Q-drive. The 1GB quota is generally more than enough for most people, but contact the ITS Help Desk if you need more for academic purposes (multimedia classes, etc.). Q Drives remain accessible for six months after graduation.
The X: drive is a drive dedicated to storing Signature Assignments for the following Pioneer Core courses:
Students will receive instructions from faculty in these courses for the use of these folders.
Students are welcome to download instructions from Q-Drive Instructions for use for their courses.