Have you ever encountered a situation when you needed to use a lab computer, but you arrived and all of the computers were already in use? Looking for a quiet corner to study?
Well, thanks to a software program that was installed on our lab computers earlier this year, you can check computer availability before you leave for the lab. This will be especially useful during busier times such as midterms and finals week as you can choose where to study by how many computers are available.
It’s about that time again. Finals week is approaching and students are working on papers and projects right up to the deadlines. This is the worst time for data loss on campus, so take a minute from studying and consider the following tips for protecting your files:
- Know where your file is saved – sometimes when you download a file from your email, it is saved in a temporary location. Once it is downloaded to the computer, make sure to Save As and follow tip #2.
- Save your file in a safe place – campus lab computers have deepfreeze on them, so all files saved on the C:drive will be deleted upon restart.
Safe places include:
- Save early and save often
- Save your file in two places – consider downloading Google Drive to your computer for automatic cloud backup
- Make sure to eject flash drives and other storage devices before you remove them from a computer!
Once again, ITS has received reports of a phishing scam that is being sent around campus. It is similar to a phishing email that had gone around earlier this year in that it provides a link for you to submit your username and password to “upgrade your email.” This is not a legitimate email, so please do not do this. If you have already given away your username and password, please change it immediately. Read more…
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.