October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

When you start college, you’re taking on new responsibilities, making your own decisions and becoming part of the campus community.

This includes your online life as well.  There is an important role you play in ECU’s cyber security efforts that combines these elements of responsibility, decision-making and community.

When you log on to the campus network (or any network), your actions impact not only your devices and online persona but every other user who logs on as well.

By combining up-to-date security tools with good judgment, you and your college community are much less likely to encounter a security violation, loss of data or system problems.

How Can You Help?

During October, stay tuned for weekly tips you can implement easily and immediately to become a more secure ECU network citizen. 2015’s focus includes:

Keeping a Clean


·   Keep security software current

·   Automate software updates

·   Protect all devices that connect to the Internet

·   Plug/ scan USBs and other external devices

Protecting Personal


·   Secure your accounts

·   Make passwords long and strong

·   Practice unique account/unique password

·   Own your online presence

Connecting with Care

·   When in doubt, throw it out

·   Get savvy about WiFi hotspots

·   Protect your $$

Being Web Wise

·   Stay current with online safety

·   Think before you act

·   Back it up

Becoming a Good Online


·   Safer for me, more secure for all

·   Practice the golden rule for social media

·   Help authorities fight cyber crime


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.