Penn State PASS Space and WebFiles

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PASS Space - Penn State Access Account Storage Space

Every Penn State student, faculty and staff member is allocated PASS storage space that you can access from any computer connected to the internet.  This is a place where you can store files related to your program of study at Penn State regardless of where you are learning.

Accessing your PASS Space - WebFiles.psu.edu

Penn State Web Files

Webfiles and PASS Space - The Walk-Through Movie

Easy.  Navigate to the URL:  https://webfiles.psu.edu/ .  You will be prompted to authenticate using your Penn State userid and password.  Once completed your PASS space will be presented to you.

Use the features within WebFiles to open your PASS personal or X drive and manage your files there.

Why Use Your PASS Space?

Do you need to access SAS or Minitab files using Penn State's WebApps?  When you open up an application within the WebApps environment, the WebApps application will NOT recognize your desktop or other files locally on your computer.  Upload these files to your PASS space.  WebApp applications can access these files from your PASS location.

Do you e-mail yourself attachments?  No need to do this now. Navigate to the PASS Explorer and upload the file there. When you get to your destination, login to the PASS Explorer and it is right where you saved it.

Do you have a back-up strategy?  If you have ever lost digital files because your hard drive crashed, a virus corrupted a program, or your laptop got stolen, you know where I am coming from. If you upload to it your important digital files to PASS Explorer, they will be maintained 24/7 by ITS!

Upgrade your Storage Quota from 500MB to 10GB for Free!

Penn State starts all users out at 500MB of storage.  You can increase this storage amount to 10GB for free.  Login in to your account settings at www.work.psu.edu and look for the storage quota tools on the left.

General Storage, Public and Protected

There are three areas where you can store files. Know the difference.

1) GENERAL STORAGE - First of all, don't consider anything on the Internet as being fully private.  If you want a file to remain completely private, do not store it on the internet. Given this reminder, you should know that files that are stored in locations outside of both the [www] and [www_protected] folders do not have any URL's associated with them. They are essentially accessible only by you through the PASS Explorer or other file transfer application.  No URL associated with files not in the [www] or [www_protected] folders

Use Example: This is a great place to store data, SAS or Minitab files that you would like access via WebApps.  Also it is a good idea to have a back up of files you don't want to lose.

2) PUBLIC - If you have activated your Web space, you will see a folder labeled [www]. Any files stored in this folder are "world readable" and viewable by the public. Files in this folder take on the URL:  http://www.personal.psu.edu/userid/folder/filename.ext where the userid is your Penn State Access Account userid and is followed by the name of the folder (if it isn't at the root level) and the name of the file with file extension.

Use Example: This is a great place to publish a blog or e-portfolio that you would like others to view or participate in. In addition, the URL that you would send to someone else contains the "psu.edu" ending, providing you with a recognizable and valued Penn State "branding" of your work!

3) PROTECTED - If you have activated your Web space, you will see a folder labeled [www_protected]. Any files stored in this folder are only accessible by individuals whom you select who have a Penn State Access Account or a Friends of Penn State account. Files in this folder take on the URL:  https://protected.personal.psu.edu/userid/folder/filename.ext where the user ID is your Penn State Access Account user ID and is followed by the name of the folder (if it isn't at the root level) and the name of the file with file extension.

Use Example: This is place where you might publish work that you would only like your instructor to access, perhaps a journal that you are writing that you don't want to publish to the entire Web.