Announcements

Add appointment slots to your Williams Google Calendar

Add appointment slots to your Williams Google Calendar Let people know when you’re available without having to ask you-just turn blocks of time on your calendar into appointment slots. More Info: https://gsuite.google.com/learning-center/tips/#/show-tip/set-up-appointment-slots. Let people know when you’re available without having to ask you-just turn blocks of time on your calendar into appointment slots. Your coworkers

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[Resolved] Service Disruption for Google Drive

Starting at about 11:40am on 1/17 we started seeing problems in accessing Google Drive. From Google: We’re investigating reports of an issue with Google Drive. We will provide more information shortly. Users may be receiving errors when accessing Drive. Classroom users may also be receiving errors when submitting or viewing assignments. Google Keep users may

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Google Apps LTI

Canvas (a.k.a.GLOW) released the Google Apps LTI at the beginning of the year. It supports Google Drive in GLOW. Currently, the Instructional Technology group is testing the LTI. It is new and is a little buggy, but has potential to be a great tool. If you are interested in learning more about it, please contact

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Scam/Phishing Attempt- Subject Line: Important Announcement from Adam F Falk

Many are reporting having received emails with the Subject Line: Important Announcement from Adam F Falk Please delete this newest of phishing attempts. For more information about phishing emails check out: Phishing Emails If you did reply to one please follow directions at: What to do if you responded to a phishing email or logged in

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OIT Winter Shutdown Maintenance Schedule (12/23,12/27,12/28)

OIT will be hard at work over the Winter Shutdown performing maintenance and upgrades to prepare for the new year.  We have scheduled this to impact the fewest people. Thursday, December 22nd starting at 5:15 PM we will upgrade the distribution switch for WCMA and Facilities, and a few residence halls, which will cause a

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Allow file upload in your Google Forms submissions!

Allow file upload in your Google Forms submissions! You can now include a file upload button in your Google Form, so that your respondents can easily add documents to their form submission. More info can be found here:  https://sites.google.com/site/scriptsexamples/home/announcements/google-forms-file-upload-feature Whether you are a teacher who wants to collect students’ homework assignments, a recruiter who needs

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December security post: Managing your online reputation

Social media sites help you stay connected both personally and professionally, but the information you share can provide fodder for phishing attacks, identity theft, or allow people to make negative assumptions about you. Please check a sites privacy and security settings to manage your online public presence.   The most popular social networking sites are

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Subject: Help Desk!! … another scam

A busy week for scammers… a 3rd wave of phishing attempts this week is hitting our Inboxes today… The body of the email: “Due to the recent spam attack on our database, you are advise to update your mailbox, please click here to avoid your account being suspended”. along with a link to click.  Please delete the

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Newest phishing attempt: Subject: building trust

We are receiving numerous reports of a new phishing attempt that looks like a PDF being shared through Google Drive. It has the Subject Line: building trust. Please delete it. For more information about phishing emails check out: Phishing Emails If you did reply to one please follow directions at: What to do if you

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Phishing attempt: secure document circular

Many are reporting having received emails with the Subject Line: secure document circular Please delete this newest of phishing attempts. For more information about phishing emails check out: Phishing Emails If you did reply to one please follow directions at: What to do if you responded to a phishing email or logged in to a fake

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You can put a time limit on shared items in Google Drive!

You can put a time limit on shared items in Google Drive! Did you know that you can set a time limit on folders and files that you share via Google Drive? More information can be found here: http://gappstips.com/google-drive/set-timeout-shares-drive-files-folders/ When you share any file or folder in Google Drive with another user, the shared links

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Secure Your Phone!

Many people are aware that security is important on a computer but most people forget that their smartphone is a full computer as well.  And, since you carry that smartphone around with you and can easily lose it, security is as important on your phone as it is on your computer. Here are a few things you

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Update to the Gmail app for iOS, adds features and speed!

When you get the update to the Gmail for iOS app, you’ll notice some exciting changes: The biggest overhaul of the app in nearly four years. It’s the Gmail you know and love, with a fresh new look, sleeker transitions and some highly-requested features. It’s a lot faster, too! The Gmail App for iOS is

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Security post – managing a passel of passwords

As you know, not every password scheme or tool works for everybody. You need to use a system that works best for you, one that is simple enough to be foolproof and practical in daily use but secure enough to guard your digital life. It’s a natural tendency for people to try and keep things

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Mac OS 10.12.1 Sierra and Purple Air

A recent update to Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra) is causing problems for some people when connecting to the Purple Air wireless network.  OIT has discovered the source of the problem and has developed a process that should resolve the issue. First, turn off your wifi Then: Open your Macintosh HD Library folder Preferences folder System

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Managing a passel of passwords

Like it or not, passwords are an inescapable part of modern life, providing protection at the cost of inconvenience.     It’s a natural tendency for people to try and keep things simple by using the same password for multiple services or devices.  But as recent headlines have made clear, no site is completely safe from

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Cybersecurity month tip #2: Using 2 factor authentication

Your password can be exposed through a number of methods like phishing, a compromised computer or website, a rogue WiFI setup or a breached service. Fortunately we have a system available that can prevent anyone from accessing your Williams google account even if they know your password. Two-factor authentication (also referred to as two-step or

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October is cybersecurity awareness month

This week:  How to keep your data safe when your accounts at major sites are compromised.  Yahoo!, Dropbox, MySpace, Pandora, LinkedIn…these are just a few of the sites which have had data breaches. How do you keep your own data safe?  To start it is important to have strong and unique passwords! You may have

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Google Calendar: Attach a file to discuss during an event.

Attach a file to discuss during an event. In Google Calendar, you can attach an agenda, spreadsheet, presentation, or any other useful file you want to discuss during a meeting or event. In Google Calendar, you can attach an agenda, spreadsheet, presentation, or any other useful file you want to discuss during a meeting or

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Strong Passwords: How to create and manage them!

Have you found it hard to create a good, strong password that you can remember? Creating a complex and easily remembered password can be a challenge, but these tips can help you. Check out the dos and don’ts. Creating a Strong and Unique Password

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Mac OS 10.12 Sierra released by Apple

On September 20 Apple released Sierra (Mac OS 10.12). The Office for Information Technology is currently testing this new OS for compatibility with all of our systems. Sierra is an optional upgrade and we ask that you hold off on upgrading until we are confident there are no major breaks. More information is available at http://oit.williams.edu/help-docs/mac-os-10-12-codename-sierra/

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Automatically add citations, quotes, or images to your Google Doc

Automatically add citations, quotes, or images to your Google Doc With Google’s Research tool, you can search for citations, quotes, and images without having to leave your file, and simply drag them in. https://apps.google.com/learning-center/tips/docs/ Gathering and writing citations or quotes for your work can be time-consuming. Instead of switching between your file and the web,

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ELC back to standard hours on Tuesday the 6th

Equipment Loan Center office hours: Monday through Friday 9:30 am – 4:45 pm (We are closed for lunch from 12:00 to 1:00.) from Jim Lillie, Equipment Loan Center ELC

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Update your iPhones and iPads to iOS 9.3.5

To install the update on your iOS device, launch the Settings app, then tap General > Software Update. With previous versions of iOS, there are vulnerabilities that can allow someone to hijack the iPhone or iPad and control or monitor it remotely. If you device isn’t upgraded, there are numerous apps that a hacker could

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August Security Content: Browsers and Online Security

When you are reading e-mail or browsing online, be on the lookout for suspicious links and deceptive web pages, which are major sources of malware. Also be careful when selecting browser plugins, apps, or other downloadable files since they can introduce new vulnerabilities. Here are some suggestions to make your day-to-day online browsing more productive,

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