The User Data Service is an interface, which allows you to view saved data, about you, in the database of the Gauss-IT-Centers and to modify in limited framework. You can also verify your data for correctness and possibly change on your own accord. Thus you speed up the administratively organized workflow.
In order to work with the system you must register yourself with your user-id and password, for only you should be able to view and change your personal data. The user-id and password are the same, which you also use to login in the HP-Workstation pool (for e.g. rzstudio). For students it is your y-number in the rule. All AFS-user-ids are supported by the User Data Service.
Remark: Please pay attention to the information listed below for the theme "Security".
If one intends to merely change the password for a user-id, the page that will let one make the change can be invoked directly from the navigation bar under "Change password".
If you have successfully registered in the User Data Service a tabular overview of your data appears. Some countries are represented as references. If you click these references you receive further information for the respective entry.
The symbols "green tick" and "not allowed" have informative character. The symbol "pencil" button opens a form if you click it. In that you can change the entry. You get an explanation on what the point in the particular context means from the help page. Such help pages with tips and references stand for many pages at one's disposal. Each time you have to recall on the referral [help] in the navigation bar
Remark: Please remember that different user-ids can also have different rights and so are correspondingly shown more ore little data. Also do not be surprised when information, that are perhaps irrelevant for you, appear in the help pages.
The data exchange between your browser and the www-server is through SSL. SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer and means that the complete transfer of your data takes place encrypted.
In order to be able to use SSL you have to accept the certificate of the www-server. In the case of Netscape Navigator you have to press the next button in the appearing window. You can accept or permanently save the certificate only for a session. In the case of permanent storage the certificate is valid till its expiry date and you do not have to repeat the procedure with the next call of the User Data Service. In order to accept the certificate in Microsoft Explorer you have to confirm to the given directions with "Ok" or "Yes" for the security.
You identify a transmission by SSL from the fact that, the URL begins with https instead of http, as usual. On the other hand, you identify it in old versions of the Netscape Navigator (Version 3.x) from the fact that it appears in the lower left corner usually as a broken key, entirely on a blue background. In new versions (4.x) you identify it usually in the form of an opened lock, shown enclosed in a yellow background. In the case of Microsoft Explorer a small yellow lock of Explorer is displayed in the status bar; this does not appear for an unsecured transmission.