Quick Tip: Change Email Notification Settings in Wiki.SMU

A recent upgrade of the Wiki.SMU system has introduced helpful new features to the platform. However, some features can get a little annoying. One of these is the daily email for “Recommended Updates” where Wiki.SMU sends you a report on recently updated articles.

Wiki.SMU Account MenuIf you’d rather not receive these messages in your inbox, they can be easily turned off within Wiki.SMU. Just go to wiki.smu.edu and log in with your SMU credentials. In the top right-hand corner of the page, click on the avatar icon. This will either be your picture or a simple silhouette. In the menu that appears, click on Settings.

Once on the settings page, click on the Email link in the Your Settings section of the page. On this page, click the Edit button at the bottom of the page and then uncheck the “Subscribe to recommended updates” option, then click Submit. You can also subscribe/unsubscribe to other wiki notifications as well.

New Year, Like-New PC! Cleaning your PC for 2018

As we all return to our work and studies in this new year, it’s always a good idea to take a step back and see if there is any way to make things easier on yourself in 2018. If your computer hasn’t been making things easy on you lately, here are a few tips on getting your system ready for the year ahead.

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Tech Tip: Using SMU’s Password Reset Tool

To ensure security of SMU’s data holdings, SMU account passwords must be changed every 180 days. For years, we have offered the online password reset tool at pwreset.smu.edu to make password changes easier while also assisting with lost passwords.

There have been a few changes to the reset tool in recent months, so we have updated our introductory video to show you how easy it can be to manage your account password in one place.

The Internet of Things: Securing Your Smart Devices

Featuring info and tips from George Finney, OIT’s Chief Security Officer.

It’s the same internet that everyone else uses, but it’s getting filled up with more than computers. Smart devices like light bulbs, wearable fitness trackers, and kitchen appliances now fill the space once reserved for smartphones and laptops. These Internet of Things (IoT) devices are just as susceptible to hacking, and in some cases are more vulnerable.

Devices that support Amazon’s Alexa are a wonder of modern technology, but before taking the plunge, you should be prepared to spend some time thinking about how you will want to secure these devices.

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Using Zoom to Create Quick and Easy Screen Recordings

ZoomYou may already know that Zoom is an excellent way to conduct online meetings and webinars, but did you also know that it can also be an easy tool for quickly recording your screen and audio? All you need is the Zoom Meetings Client and a microphone! This comes in handy if you need to make a quick instructional video or visually document an issue or process. Continue reading Using Zoom to Create Quick and Easy Screen Recordings

Canvas 101: Easily Adding Essential Course Content

Canvas LMS LogoWhile many of the SMU faculty transitioned to Canvas last year, we recognize some may not yet have had the opportunity to check out our new Learning Management System. With back-to-school gearing up, consider posting your syllabus for students in Canvas since a course shell is automatically created in Canvas for you to host your course content.

In the following quick 6-minute video, we will show you how to do just that and you won’t believe how easy it is! Continue reading Canvas 101: Easily Adding Essential Course Content

Ethernet Switches: The Other Campus Networking

Here we are! The new semester is almost here, and you’re gearing up for move-in. You have all of your furniture, your decor, those hand-me-down bath towels that mom wouldn’t let you leave the house without, and anything else you might need, right?

Ethernet Jack and CableOn second thought, you remember hearing at AARO that there is one Ethernet port per bed in each residential commons. You also remember that not only do you have a PlayStation to connect, but also your Amazon Fire TV and your desktop computer. Sure, you could connect some of these devices to the PerunaNet wireless network, but you want the absurdly fast performance that only a wired connection can provide. Continue reading Ethernet Switches: The Other Campus Networking