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Access Account go to website

Your Penn State Access Account consists of two parts—your user ID and password—and gives you access to many University services.

User ID

Your unique user ID (or username) is automatically assigned to you and usually consists of your initials and a one- to four-digit number (such as xyz5000).

 

Password

Reset or change your password and set your secondary email address as soon as you activate your Access Account.

2FA go to website

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is an additional layer of security that requires verifying your identity on a secondary device.

Stay Safe

Password Safety  go to website

It’s important to create strong passwords. Combine uppercase and lowercase letters along with numbers and only log in to secure sites.

Phishing go to website

Phishing is an attempt to steal your personal information with a fake email message or call. Learn how to protect yourself and where to report a phishing attempt.

Stay Legal go to website

Sign up for Penn State IT Alerts to receive email notifications on the status of services such as wireless, Canvas, LionPATH and more.

IT Alerts go to website

Sign up for Penn State IT Alerts to receive email notifications on the status of services such as wireless, Canvas, LionPATH and more.

Virus Detection/Spyware Tools  go to website

Learn best practices for keeping yourself safe online and download free anti-virus software.

Hardware

Check with your department or college for specific recommendations. If you are bringing a used computer, make sure it meets the minimum recommendations:

Laptops

  • Processor – Intel Core m3 or i3
  • RAM – 4 GB
  • Hard Drive – 256 GB
  • Video Card – Integrated Display
  • Resolution – 1366x768

Tablets

  • Capacity – 16 GB Flash Storage
  • Resolution – 1024x600

Desktop

  • Processor – Intel Core i3
  • RAM – 8 GB
  • Hard Drive – 512 GB – 1TB 7200 RPM Drive
  • Video RAM – Integrated