Modification of your password: attention to side effects
It is recommended that you change your password on a regular basis, but sometimes this has unfortunate consequences, because the old password continues to be active on certain devices.
The GASPAR password can be modified at gaspar.epfl.ch. (FAQ: http://help-gaspar.epfl.ch/page-108369-en.html#faq-705563)
If you forget your password, contact the manager of your unit if you are an employee. If you are a student, contact the Student Services Office (BP 1229), Poseidon (MA A0 388), or the Service Desk (MA A0 388). Do not forget to bring along your CAMIPRO card.
If GASPAR-Active Directory (AD) synchronization is active (this is the default option and cannot be changed for students), changing your GASPAR password will automatically change your Active Directory password as well (Windows).
To make sure that your old password is deactivated when reboot your computer after having entered a new password, make sure that it is connected the schools network via a cable. Wait a few minutes before you reboot and sign in with your new password.
What are the identified risks?
Problems arise when applications use locally stored passwords on your computer or smartphone. When a user decides to change his GASPAR or AD password he/she must delete or modify the password locally on all devices following the change.
- Mac OS: delete the relevant passwords in Keychain (Applications / Utilities / Keychain Access). The relevant password is the one that concern the two networks SecurePrint-BW and SecurePrintColor.
- IOS (iPhone, iPad): change the password for the e-mail account manually (settings / mail / select the account / set new password).
- Windows – from off-campus (control panel => user accounts => Manage your credentials).
- Windows – on site, this is automatic as long as you are connected to the cable network.
Also be careful with applications that have stored the password for synchronization.
- If a Gmail account checks messages in the EPFL mailbox using the POP protocol, remember to change the password in Gmail.
- If you mounted a drive at home, be sure to disconnect it and reconnect it using the new password.
- If you chose to save your password for VPN or Jabber (softphone program), you will have to enter your new password.
Try to think of all the computers and smartphones on which your old password could be stored that repeatedly try to access a mailbox, mount a file system, or use a printer.