New Student Technology Check List

  • Follow this technology “to do” list to get your semester off to a smooth start!  

    Before You Arrive on Campus

    1. Get to know MyIUP
      MyIUP is the university portal. It is used for a wide variety of functions at the university. You will use MyIUP to register for classes, view your grades, sign up for on-campus housing, and much more. You will log in to MyIUP with your network username and password.
    2. Know your IUP username
      You can use iaccounts to Find Your IUP Account Information.
    3. Know your network (IUPMSD) password
      This will be used to access various resources needed for your courses, such as the IUP network (both wired and wireless). Network passwords expire every 180 days, so you may need to Reset Your Own Network Password.
    4. Pack your computer
      Check out the Hardware Guidelines for Student Computers to make sure your computer will meet the minimum recommendations. If you’re in the market for a new computer, you’ll be interested in Technology Deals for Students.
    5. Get free and discounted software
      Software available to students can be downloaded from our website. 
    6. Protect your computer
      You will not be able to connect to the Internet if your computer is infected or compromised. Be sure to:
      • Update your operating system with the latest security patches using Windows Update (Windows) or Software Update (Macintosh). It’s best to enable automatic updates.
      • Sophos Endpoint Security and Control is free for all IUP students. If you know your username and network password, you can download Sophos.
      • Malwarebytes is also available from our software section. Install this on your machine prior to arrival on campus. If you know your username and network password, you can download Malwarebytes.
      • Run a full virus and anti-malware scan on your computer.
    7. Uninstall peer-to-peer (P2P) software
      Most file sharing is against the law because it involves the distribution of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright owner. This is usually music (MP3) or movie files, but can also be TV programs, books, and images. If a complaint is received that you are illegally sharing copyrighted material, you will be disconnected from the network until you remove that file sharing software. Using peer-to-peer software is considered a high-risk activity that increases your likelihood of compromise. Please visit our page on cyber security and become familiar with this subject.    
    8. Get familiar with Desire to Learn (D2L).
      Most courses will offer some online presence through the use of Desire to Learn (D2L). You should take time becoming familiar with this system as you will be required to utilize it throughout your academic career here at IUP. Please visit our "Getting Started with D2L" guide to get started.   

    After You Arrive on Campus

    1. Connect to the network
    2. Find the public computer labs
      Even if you have a computer, you may need to access a computer between classes. Public computer labs also provide printing capability and software that you may not have on your own computer.
    3. Protect your computer
      • Use the latest versions of anti-virus software and anti-spyware software.
      • Run a full scan once a month.
      • Back up your files to portable storage devices (CDs, DVDs, USB drives).
      • Purchase a laptop security cable.
      • Never leave your laptop unattended in an unsecured area.
    4. Protect your privacy
      • Learn how to identify fraudulent—or phishing—e-mail messages that request personal information. Never send sensitive data via e-mail. IUP personnel will never request your username, password, or other sensitive information via e-mail.
      • Your imail account is enrolled in the Anti-Spam Service. The Anti-Spam Service will flag most phishing messages, alerting you to their fraudulent nature. Flagged messages will appear in your Junk Mail folder on your imail account.
      • Do not share your passwords or PIN with anyone!
    5. Map your Network Drives
      • Once on campus you will need to map your network drives.  You can find information on the network mappings on our Network Drive page. 
    6. Sign up for the Emergency Notification System
      The Emergency Notification System is maintained solely for the purpose of notifying the university community in times of critical emergency situations. The system notifies registrants through university e-mail accounts, voice and text messaging to cell phones, and voice messaging to home phones.
    7. Learn more about technology at www.iup.edu/itsupportcenter

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