Protecting yourself from Ransomware with CrashPlan

Due to the recent ransomware outbreak, the Office of Information Technology would like to remind you to be alert for suspicious emails/websites and to regularly update and backup your computer.

CrashplanTo assist with the backup, the University provides CrashPlan to your primary University-owned computer. Please make sure that you have CrashPlan installed on your SMU computer and that your computer is backed up. Continue reading Protecting yourself from Ransomware with CrashPlan

Protecting yourself from crashes with CrashPlan

CrashplanWe all have had the situation where our computer has locked up or crashed while we are working on that important document that we, of course, didn’t save soon enough. Well, I won’t tell you that Code42’s CrashPlan backup software will protect you from failing to “Save, and Save Often,” but it will save you from catastrophic hard disk failure.

CrashPlan is preloaded on all new University computers to provide daily backups of files in your user folder. This way, if your hard drive fails, IT can restore the University applications using LANDesk and your files with CrashPlan. Continue reading Protecting yourself from crashes with CrashPlan

Creating a Canvas Assignment using Kaltura’s Video Quiz Feature

KalturaIf you haven’t yet checked out SMU’s video management tool, Kaltura, a third-party video capture tool which is integrated with Canvas, you should. It’s fairly straightforward and easy to use. You can find a quickstart guide and information on how to create a video quiz at smu.edu/kaltura.  I created a video quiz recently and was amazed at how simple the process of using a video for quizzing can be. Continue reading Creating a Canvas Assignment using Kaltura’s Video Quiz Feature

Need to Use Windows 7? Choose Your New Computer Wisely

 

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Usually, when you build or buy a computer, you have lots of choices. What processor to use, how much memory you’ll need, et cetera. You also have a choice in operating systems, like MacOS, Linux; or Windows 7, 8, or 10. As Microsoft works to get as many people on their newest OS as possible, your choices may soon become fewer. Continue reading Need to Use Windows 7? Choose Your New Computer Wisely

Phishing Alert: Fake Google Docs Share Requests

Phishing Alert

OIT has received multiple reports from the campus community as well as from Canvas Support regarding suspicious e-mails that appear to be a Google Doc sharing request. The message will contain “…has shared a document on Google Docs with you” or similar verbiage with a ‘hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh@mailinator.com` or similar cc’d on the email.  Continue reading Phishing Alert: Fake Google Docs Share Requests

Over 2K Learned from Lynda

Lynda.comDuring April, the 2,000th person in the SMU community signed on to lyndaCampus for the first time. We introduced LyndaCampus in late 2015 to provide current SMU students, staff, and faculty access to the thousands of business, software, technology, and creative skills online training available from lynda.com. These training courses viewable from campus, home, or on-the-go, with the Lynda.com app. We are excited to see the SMU community bring Lynda into their home, studies, and learning. Continue reading Over 2K Learned from Lynda