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Information Technology Services

IT Help Desk
Kansas State University
K-State Student Union
Cat's Pause Lounge
Room 222
Manhattan KS 66506


Welcome to IT at K-State: Security

Protecting your computer

It is imperative that K-Staters protect their computers. Computer security risks and threats continue to rise, and a vulnerable machine can be attacked and infected in a few seconds.

K-State actively scans its network to identify computers that are unpatched, vulnerable, or infected with a computer worm or virus. If your computer is compromised, it will be blocked from accessing the network and Internet until it has been repaired and/or patched.

The IT Security website has many resources to improve computer security, including:

  • Best practices
  • Policies
  • Scams blog
  • Tools
  • Training


K-State's free antivirus software must be installed on any computer connected to the campus network directly, via dial-in, or wireless. The software is free to all students, faculty, and staff. It can be downloaded from the K-State Antivirus website.

Password Change

eID passwords are changed every 180 days. Go to your eProfile to see your deadline & to change your password. For help, contact the IT Help Desk.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Use the VPN when accessing protected, sensitive data. The VPN is more secure than an open Internet connection.

K-State Alerts

This emergency text messaging system is a service available to anyone with an active eID. To enable this service: sign in to your eProfile and follow the instructions to activate phone and text messages regarding emergencies. See the K-State Alerts website for more information.

Backing up data

It's extremely important to back up classwork and other essential data. Every semester the IT Help Desk hears about valuable data that cannot be recovered because it was stored on a lost flash drive, a computer that broke or was stolen, or disappeared when the electricity went off.

Keep your backup in a safe location away from your computer, to prevent both being damaged or stolen at the same time. Most important: Find what works best for you and ensure that you back up your data frequently.

  • External hard drives and USB flash drives provide a lot of storage space. Optical media such as CDs and DVDs have a shelf life that may make it difficult to retrieve data several years later.
  • Cloud-based storage services are available on the Internet, both free and fee-based. In addition to cost, consider security options, computer platform, server location, storage limits, maximum file size allowed, and ability to share files when choosing a service.

When selecting a backup strategy, consider:

  • How much data needs to be backed up?
  • How often do you want to make backups?
  • What storage medium to use?
  • How long will backups need to be kept?
  • Where will backups be stored?

Windows XP and older versions blocked

Computers running Windows XP or older versions of Windows are blocked from accessing the K-State network.

It's your responsibility to protect your computer and your data. Protecting your computer helps protect K-State's network & resources and other K-Staters, too.