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Password FAQs

In March 2013, the President's Council approved our current password policy which states that passwords must be changed twice a year. 

PSU accounts provide access to a wealth of valuable data, much of it sensitive and protected by policy or law, which includes but is not limited to: personally identifiable information, student data, and personal and institutional financial data. Using strong passwords and requiring periodic password changes protects people against hacking and misuse.

Click here to view our current password policy.

The university has adopted a password policy to protect our clients and to comply with the Kansas Information Technology Executive Council (ITEC) policy and guidelines. Links to policy 7230 and 7230A.


What is a PSU Unified Password?

What accounts will my PSU Unified Password change?

Will I have to change my password on my mobile device (phone, table, etc...)?

Will I have to change my password on GusNet?

How do I reconnect to GusNET Wi-Fi on my Mac?

After changing my PSU Unified password, my Mac keeps asking for additional passwords.  What should I do?

Why is it OK to have one PSU Unified password when I am told it is not a good security practice to use the same password for all my online accounts?

Is my PSU Unified Password the same as Single Sign On?

Why do I need to change my password twice a year?

Will I get a notification that my password is going to expire?

What happens if I don’t change my password before it expires?

What should I do if I’m going to be off-campus or on sabbatical when my password expires?

What happens when I change my password off campus?

What should I do if my password expires and I cannot login to my computer?

What are "Password Recovery Options"?

How do I set my "Password Recovery Options"?

My office is at KC Metro. Is that on the PSU domain (network)?

What if I forget my password?

How do I create a strong password?

What are some tips for creating a strong password?

Password Tips and Strength Tester from Microsoft


What is a PSU Unified Password?

  • The PSU Unified Password is one password that will work for multiple PSU accounts.
  • Password changes will now sync to multiple campus e-service accounts.

What accounts will my PSU Unified Password change?

  • Your PSU work computer
  • Zimbra
  • GUS
  • GusNET (Secure Wireless)
  • Canvas
  • Office 365
  • GusMail
  • Administrative System (Admin System, IBM, SSH)
  • StarRez
  • Document Imaging
  • IT Help Desk ticketing system
  • dotCMS
  • VPN
  • Gorilla MarketPlace
  • Health benefit elections

Will I have to change my password on my mobile device (phone, table, etc...)?

Will I have to change my password on GusNet?

How do I reconnect to GusNET Wi-Fi on my Mac?

  • Click on your Wi-Fi icon in your menu bar
  • Select Open Network Preferences
  • On the Network Preferences dialog, click on Wi-Fi in the left hand column and then click on the Connect button
  • Click Here to view screen shots.

After changing my PSU Unified password, my Mac keeps asking for additional passwords.  What should I do?

Why is it OK to have one PSU Unified password when I am told it is not a good security practice to use the same password for all my online accounts?

  • Your new unified password will be enciphered using a much more robust algorithm than in the past, making it far more difficult for an attacker to "decode" the scrambled version of your password.
  • We are enforcing complex passwords.
  • We are enforcing changing your password.

Is my PSU Unified Password the same as Single Sign On?

  • No. Single Sign On is the ability to sign in once then having access to all your accounts without having to log in again.
  • With your PSU Unified Password you will have to log in to each account but each account will use the same password.

Why do I need to change my password twice a year?

  • Changing passwords periodically limits the amount of time that an attacker can access an account if he/she has guessed a password.
  • Changing passwords periodically makes guessing a password harder.

Will I get a notification that my password is going to expire?

  • Yes, you will receive emails notifying you your password is getting ready to expire.
  • A banner in GUS will also indicate how many days till your password expires.

What happens if I don’t change my password before it expires?

  • You will be locked out of your PSU computer and many PSU accounts
  • See "What Should I do if my password expires and I cannot login to my computer?"

What should I do if I’m going to be off-campus or on sabbatical when my password expires?

  • Change your password using your work computer while on campus prior to leaving.
  • See “What happens when I change my password off campus?”

What happens when I change my password off campus?

  • BEST PRACTICE: Change your password on campus using your work computer so you are on the PSU domain (network).
  • If you change your password using your work computer while off campus, your computer login will not get synced to the new password. Once you connect your computer to the PSU domain (network) your computer password will sync and you can use your new password.
  • If you change your password from any other computer while off campus, your passwords will sync and you will be able to use your new password immediately.

What should I do if my password expires and I cannot login to my computer?

  • Use any internet connected device to login to GUS (https://go.pittstate.edu).  You will be prompted to change your password at that time.
  • Or use the "Forgot PSU Unified Password" link on the GUS log in page.
  • Or Contact Gorilla Geeks Help Desk at ext. 4600.

What are "Password Recovery Options"?

  • Password Recovery Options are non-PSU email addresses and mobile phone numbers that you can use to reset your password if you have forgotten it.
  • If you haven't set up your Password Recovery Options, and need to reset your password, you will have to contact the Gorilla Geeks Help Desk at ext. 4600.
  • These numbers will only be used to assist you in resetting your password.

How do I set my "Password Recovery Options"?

  • Log in to GUS
  • Computer Accounts and Passwords (left menu)
  • Password Recovery Options

My office is at KC Metro.  Is that on the PSU domain (network)?

  • Yes.  Your password change procedures will be exactly the same as being on the Pittsburg campus.

What if I forget my password?

  • Use the "Forgot PSU Unified Password" link on the GUS log in page.
  • Or Contact Gorilla Geeks Help Desk at ext. 4600.

How do I create a strong password?

  • Must be at least seven (7) characters
  • Must include digits (0-9)
  • Must include both upper and lower case characters (a-z, A-Z)
  • Must use a special character (for example,* & % $)
  • Avoid the use of personal identifiable information (names of family or pets, nicknames, birthdates, etc.)
  • Avoid words found in the dictionary.

What are some tips for creating a strong password?

  • Avoid the use of personal identifiable information (names of family or pets, nicknames, birthdates, etc.)
  • Avoid words that can be found in the dictionary.
  • The longer the better.
  • Create a "pass phrase" - take a sentence/phrase and turn it into a password by replacing the letters with digits, upper and lower case letters and special characters.
    • I only eat peanut butter on Mondays = IoePB0nM!
    • I love rock and roll = IL0veRoc&R0!!

Password Tips and Strength Tester from Microsoft

* When testing any password strength tester, don't use your real passwords to test with!  Instead use passwords that are similar. 
Always use caution when entering your password on any site.

Password Tips

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