Anti-Phishing Campaign Expands to Student Accounts

AnitPhish (Anti-Phishing Campaign)After the success of our anti-phishing campaigns sent to faculty and staff, the OIT Security team will soon be expanding this program to the student body to continue to educate as many in the community as possible about what to look for in suspicious e-mails.

Phishing is one of the most common ways that criminals use to obtain your login credentials or other personal information to wreak havoc. By learning what to expect in these messages, you can get rid of them quickly instead of getting tricked! Students can expect these anti-phishing campaign messages to be sent out starting this week.

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Microsoft Edge’s Chrome Makeover

Microsoft Edge LogoIt was reported a while back that Microsoft was planning to abandon its current Internet Explorer replacement, Microsoft Edge, and instead make Edge into a clone of Chromium. Chromium is the open-source browser project that serves as the foundation for Google Chrome, Opera, and several other web browsers.

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Automated Duo Phone Call Discontinuation for Chinese Phone Numbers

DuoDuo has recently notified OIT of a change in authentication options for those who have registered a Chinese phone number as an authentication method in their Duo account. We would like to make you aware in case you utilize phone service in China.

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Explore with LinkedIn Learning this Summer

For students, summer is a time for exploration. Whether you find yourself exploring a foreign country, working at an internship, or taking new classes back on campus, LinkedIn Learning is ready to help you make the most of your experience.

LinkedIn Learning is a free, personalized learning platform provided by the Office of Information Technology here at SMU. Students can use the platform to develop new or underdeveloped skills, and then share their accomplishments with their peers on their associated LinkedIn accounts. The platform contains thousands of course videos on a variety of topics taught by experts of all kinds. Here are a few of our favorites: Continue reading Explore with LinkedIn Learning this Summer

Duo: A Success Story

DuoIn February, OIT announced that all matriculated students will be required to use Duo Security’s Two-factor authentication (2FA) when accessing select university services, starting with my.SMU. OIT knew that getting the large student population registered before the April 1 deadline would be a challenge, and started an aggressive campaign to not only make students aware of the coming change but to encourage them to enroll their devices before Duo was enabled. As of this writing, over 4,400 students are newly committed to protecting their accounts with Duo Security. Continue reading Duo: A Success Story

Client Systems Team: Getting You Set Up for Success

Before a computer is deployed on campus, a team of specialists track it, verify the configuration, installs the latest standard computer load, and much more before it gets to you. The several hundred computer upgrades on campus are handled mostly by this small team with over a hundred years of experience at SMU. They are more than just computer installs. The Client Systems Team is also responsible for campus computer inventory, software upgrades with Ivanti, many of the campus computer labs, plus providing support for those spaces.
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Support for Windows 7 is Ending – Get Upgraded Now!

Windows 7 LogoAs we mentioned previously, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7 after January 14, 2020. To lessen security risks to the campus infrastructure, all computers connected to the SMU network must be upgraded to Windows 10 before that support ends. To assist with getting updated, OIT has created a few upgrade paths to get users on the latest Windows OS. Continue reading Support for Windows 7 is Ending – Get Upgraded Now!

Updates to Adobe Creative Cloud 2019 Licensing

Adobe LogoAdobe, the company behind Acrobat, Photoshop, InDesign, and many more applications for creatives, recently updated their application licensing technology. Although many of these changes are behind the scenes, a big one is not. Once a user upgrades to Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) 2019, they will be required to use their SMU credentials to log in to access Adobe Creative Cloud Apps and receive future updates.

We are currently working with Adobe to develop methods for this new workflow, but some changes will be made with how we deploy Adobe CC. Over the next few weeks, several critical changes will occur: Continue reading Updates to Adobe Creative Cloud 2019 Licensing

Microsoft Office Certification: It’s As Easy As 1,2,3

In today’s market, standing out amongst the competition can be tricky. Employers are looking for candidates who not only have the appropriate educational background and experience but also possess skills that can produce immediate organizational impact. A Microsoft Office Specialist Certification is a simple opportunity to add globally recognized value to your resume. At SMU, students, staff, and faculty alike can gain a Microsoft Office Specialist Certification to endorse their proficiencies in all Microsoft Office applications, proving to employers they have what it takes to make an immediate impact in their career. Achieving certification is as easy as steps 1, 2, and 3.
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Microsoft Teams Update: Early Adoption Available April 15

Microsoft Teams LogoWe are one step closer to deploying Microsoft Teams to everyone on campus! Before that day comes, we are looking for a select few who are interested in being the first to try out Teams by joining our early adopter program. If you haven’t heard about Teams, it’s Microsoft’s foray into cloud-based team collaboration. It’s been compared to the Slack collaboration platform, but it is also tightly integrated into the Office 365 ecosystem found at SMU. Continue reading Microsoft Teams Update: Early Adoption Available April 15