About Belinda Perkinson

Belinda works with the ITCS Training and Communications team at East Carolina University.

Print Management System for Students

Beginning August 1st, ECU will implement a print management system for student printing in computer labs. A yearly print quota of $25 will be attached to each student’s PirateID and distributed at the beginning of each semester as follows:

$10 – fall semester

$10 – spring semester

$5 – summer sessions

This equates to 1250 b/w copies ($0.02 per sheet) OR 250 color copies ($0.10 per sheet) and $0.10 per square foot for specialty printing. Only student accounts will be able to access printers in student computer labs (see FAQ for exceptions). There will be two ways to check a student balance:

  • When a student logs in to a lab computer, a pop-up window shows the account balance and,
  • If a student logs in to http://pirateprint.ecu.edu, the current balance is available along with a list of transactions and print history. You can view your print history at ecu.edu. We will not turn on the ability to add funds until August 1, 2015.

Remaining balances from fall will roll over to spring semester with any spring balance rolling over to summer. All balances are reset on August 1 with no roll over of summer quotas unless a student has added personal funds to the account using a personal credit or debit card.

Personal funds are available in the account until 1) they are used, or 2) the student leaves ECU. Once a student graduates or leaves ECU, any remaining balance is lost with no refund to the student. Students add funds with a personal debit or credit card through the http://pirateprint.ecu.edu interface. Cash options are not available.

Once a student clicks the Print button, a pop-up will provide details including the document name, number of pages and print cost. Students will have the opportunity to confirm the job before it prints. Students using plotters in special labs are charged by the square foot.

If you have questions, please contact the IT Help Desk at 328.9866 or mailto:helpdesk@ecu.edu. More information can be found at the Pirate Print website.

An Easy Trick to Create a Secure Passphrase

So, it’s time to change your ECU passphrase, and you’re stuck thinking of one that is easy to remember. Rather than using the two worst passwords known to man, 12345678 or password, here’s an easy trick to creating a new passphrase for yourself that’s easy to remember, unique and hard to crack.

Set a secure passphrase

Set a secure passphrase

  1. First, make up a sentence you can remember. For example: My dog, Sylvia, has a birthday January 14.
  2. Next, take the first letter of each word, and…
  3. Make 1-2 letters upper case
  4. Make at least one letter a number
  5. Make at least one letter a special character such as, ! @ # $ % & * = +
  6. The new passphrase: Md$habJ1 (don’t use this one!).

Hacker programs crack your passphrase by trying every word in the dictionary and other tricks. Here are a few things to avoid:

  • Never use personal information to create a passphrase.
  • Never use the word, password, as your passphrase. This includes using numbers or special characters to make the word look different.
  • Never use easily-obtained, personal information such as license plate numbers, telephone numbers, etc., as part of your passphrase.
  • Never use any word contained in a dictionary, spelling list or other word list in any language.
  • Never use transformations such as reversing the spelling, changing upper case to lower case or using all caps.
  • Never select a passphrase that is common to everyone (Go@Pirates!).

For more information on passphrase security, please visit www.ecu.edu/itcs/ithelpdesk/passphrase.cfm.

Still have questions? Call the IT Help Desk, 252.328.9866 | 800.340.7081.