Once again, ITS has received reports of a phishing attempt that is going around campus. This attempt appears like a message with a link to a file in Google Drive:
Some details that should make you suspicious of this email:
- Misspellings and grammar errors (i.e. space before the question mark, misspelling of doc in “view dock here”, its when it should be it’s, etc). Especially when the sender usually pays attention to these details
- The email asks you to sign to Google Apps to view the document when you are already signed in to read your email.
- When you hover over the link, you can see that it is a shortened link and not a docs.google.com link.
ITS has moved to Sorensen Hall. You can find Support Services directly to the right as you enter from the first floor. If you enter the building from the bridge, take the stairs down one floor and turn right.
At the end of May, ITS began our move from the F.W. Olin Center to Sorensen Hall. If you get a chance, please stop by to say hi or to get help with a technology-related problem. See some pictures of our new offices below! Read more…
There will be some official changes to our password policy that will take place on July 8th in order to increase security across campus. These changes were previously recommendations, but will now be automatically enforced for our network passwords (Note: this is not the same as your email password. Your email password will stay the same.
Below is a summary of the changes that will be made on the 8th and what will be required of our users:
We’ve been having some issues lately with emails accidentally going into the spam folder. One way to avoid this is to check your spam folder periodically and unmark them, however that can become frustrating when it happens repeatedly to routine emails.
If this has been happening to you regularly with emails such as timeclock requests and copier scans, you may want to try creating a filter to make sure that those emails always are sent directly to your inbox.
I know that this bug has been worrying many of you, so I’m happy to report that after update from Microsoft, Internet Explorer will be safe to use once again. Most computers on campus are set up for automatic Windows Updates, but it’s not a bad idea to try to run updates manually to see if the computer has been updated and to run them if it hasn’t.
You may have heard about a recently discovered security threat called Heartbleed. This was a defect in OpenSSL – the software that is supposed to allow you to securely browse and transmit data online. This defect has made the usernames and passwords of many websites on the internet vulnerable.
While many of the affected sites have patched the problem, the defect has been in place for a while, so your username and password may have been compromised any time between 2012 and when the patch was put into place. Of the services commonly used at Augustana, we suggest that you change your Google Apps password
and the password of any other account that may use the same password. You can find instructions for how to do that at the bottom of this post
We have two trainings scheduled for this week. Please RSVP to the ITS staff member that is listed as teaching the course. Both of this week’s courses are Blue and Gold Certification electives and both are especially important for professors who are setting up their courses for next term:
- Thursday, November 14th from 10-11AM in Olin 110
Create a template for your students’ ePortfolios or just create a website for yourself! Google Sites is a simple tool to help you create a website without any knowledge of HTML.
Moodle Drop-in Workshop
- Friday, November 15 from 9-10AM in Olin 110
Stop by Olin for help setting up your course or gradebook for Winter term. You will be able to work on your individual course during this workshop and will receive one-on-one attention.
Welcome to Augustana to our first year students and welcome back all those who are returning! ITS has been getting some questions about accessing our services (such as Moodle, Arches, and email). All of this information can be found on CampusNet, so we decided to create a series of TechTips explaining how to use CampusNet to find the information that you need.
Part 1: Introduction to CampusNet Read more…
To paraphrase the dictionary.com definition, phishing is when a person tries to obtain confidential information from Internet users, usually through an email that appears legitmate, but contains a link to a fake website that replicates the real one. From time to time, ITS receives reports about these sorts of scam emails. If you have received such an email, please mark it as spam and delete it. If you have given any personal information, such as your username and password, please take this opportunity to change your password immediately Read more…
This tech tip from Sean McBride of ITS (if you need any help using this feature, please call the helpdesk at x7293):
We have recently deployed a newly added security feature within the Google Apps Email system. It specifically designed for email that has a “spoofed” or fraudulent email from: address that may state it has been sent from a user within the @augustana.edu domain. This tactic is normally employed by spammers and the like to attempt to circumvent normal spam blocking sweeps. Now any email that has originated from our augustana.edu Google Apps email system is digitally signed with an electronic water mark and users can now check their own email if they have doubts as to the validity of the item.
Below is a screen shot with the newly added signed by security field highlighted. By hovering over the “down arrow / triangle” after the list of recipients in an open email a “Show details” popup will appear, clicking it will bring up the mini window pictured in the screen shot below. The user can then see whether this email was digitally signed by our Google Apps system.
How the new security measure looks in Google Apps