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IT Newslett for Staff - Mar 2014
for Staff Mar 2014

Change in expiry period of NPNet Password

To bring about greater convenience to staff and do away the need of multiple accounts and passwords, staff were allowed to login to the system using their NPNet account since the implementation of NPal2 system.

Currently, the NPNet account had a password expiry policy of 180 days. As the NPNet account is now used to access the NPal2 system - a critical system that holds sensitive data, it will adopt the security policy of critical systems, the NPNet password will be set to expire in 90 days starting from 15 May 2014

To phase in the change, staff whose NPNet password affected by the policy will receive email reminders to change their password from 15 April 2014.

Staff are strongly encouraged to change their password immediately upon receipt of the reminder. Staff may change their expired password on campus or remotely via the Self-Service Password Reset system (

Malicious Android Apps

PandaLabs, the Cloud Security Company, has identified malicious Android apps on Google Play that can sign up users for premium SMS subscription services without their permission and so far it has infected at least 300,000 Android users, although the number of malicious downloads could have reached 4 times higher i.e. 1,200,000 users.

Without the user knowledge, the app will get the phone number of the device, will go to a website and will register it to a premium SMS service. This service requires a confirmation to be activated, which means it sends an SMS to that number with a PIN code, which have to be entered back to end the process and start charging you money. This app waits for that specific message; once it arrives, it intercepts its arrival, parses it, takes the PIN number and confirms your interest in the service. Then it removes it, no notification is shown in the terminal and the SMS is not shown anywhere. Again, all this is done without the user knowledge.

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System Maintenance Schedule for Mar 2014

Sat, 1 Mar 2014, 10am to 2pm

MeL Maintenance
There will be a scheduled MeL maintenance on Saturday, 1 Mar 2014, 10am to 2pm. Momentary slowness when accessing MeL, may be experienced during the maintenance period.

Sat, 1 Mar 2014, 9am to 4pm

Lotus Notes Applications Maintenance
There will be a scheduled maintenance of Lotus Notes Applications on Sunday, 1 Mar 2014, 9am to 4pm. All Lotus Notes Applications will be unavailable during the maintenance period.

Sun, 2 Mar 2014, 1pm to 4pm

NPAL2 Maintenance
There will be a scheduled NPAL2 maintenance on Sunday, 2 Mar 2014, 1pm to 4pm. All NPAL2 services will be unavailable to staff and students during the maintenance period.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Please email to should you require further information or clarification.

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