This is the last week of Information Security Awareness month. All training content is posted within Blackboard to simplify the process. It requires about 30 minutes to complete the course. However, you do not have to complete all the videos in one sitting. Most of the videos are just a few minutes long. The training will remain available after the end of this month; however, we encourage you to take the training as soon as possible, especially if you use sensitive information like credit cards or social security numbers in your day to day activities.
To complete the training:
1. Visit https://courses.smu.edu.
2. Login with your SMU ID and password.
3. Locate the Security Awareness 2013 course in the My Courses section.
4. Click on the tutorial you wish to preview. Blackboard will remember which ones you have completed and which still remain.
5. Complete the 3 question quiz at the end of each tutorial.
Later this fall, the training will be uploaded to your training transcript in Access.SMU.
It’s alarming what information anyone can find online if they have the right tools. Be cautious of what you share online. Watch this video to see what this “mind reader” knew about his clients.
For more information about Information Security and training opportunities, visit smu.edu/infosec.
By Robert Burkett
If you bought a new computer in the last 6 months to a year, it probably came with Windows 8 pre-installed. For those who have been using Windows for any length of time, it’s likely been a frustrating experience to navigate compared to all previous versions of Windows. If your new computer is not touchscreen, it makes even less sense. You may get used to it, or you may scream… either way, there is hope to make it feel more like Windows.
A couple add-ons from www.classicshell.net with their Classic Start Menu and Explorer really help bring back that familiar environment that you can’t live without. I suspect Microsoft will eventually add these features within Windows 8 with future updates, but until then (or not), the Classic Shell is more than sufficient.
by: Rachel Mulry
Did you know that faculty and staff can purchase select Microsoft and Adobe products at a significantly reduced cost for a home computer? The following titles are available: Microsoft Office 2011, Office 2013, Windows 7 (upgrade), Windows 8 (upgrade), and the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite. This software is only available while you are an active Faculty or Staff member and must be removed when you leave the University.
To purchase your copy, visit http://smu.onthehub.com. You will need to register using your SMU email address in order to receive the discount. Please note: the Help Desk has several copies of Office 2011, Windows 7 and Windows 8 for purchase. These are at a reduced cost and available while supplies last.
For more details, visit http://www.smu.edu/BusinessFinance/OIT/Services/SoftwareLicense
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