Office for Information Technology


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Google Calendar restored for some users

Google reports that Calendar service has already been restored for some users (as far as we know this includes all of Williams), and they expect a resolution for all users by 1:30pm.

Cybersecurity month tip #4 - Recognizing and Avoiding Scams

Contacted out of the blue? Sound too good to be true? Pause and think about it. Online financial scams are the same scams that have been perpetrated for years just made easier through the use of email and social media. Unsolicited email is the starting point for many scams. Before the advent of email, a more »

Last call: 11/4 Google Drive and Docs training 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Learn the basics of Google Drive, and Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. What is Google Drive and when should I use it? What is the differences between MS Word, Excel & PowerPoint and Google Docs, Sheets & Slides and when should I use one over the other? This two hour session will be held from more »

Cybersecurity month tip #3 - Know Your Data (and how to secure it)

All students, faculty and staff at Williams use data which needs to be protected. Information like SSNs, account numbers and passwords have monetary value to thieves. You may also have access to information that is protected by law. Find out what you need to be cognizant of and what to protect. Some data we work more »

Cybersecurity month tip # 2 - Two factor authentication

Two factor authentication is a way to double lock your account. Instead of relying on one level of security (your password) it also requires something you have, like your cell phone or printed codes. Together these two things ensure that the person attempting to log onto your account is really you. It’s easier than you more »

October is Cybersecurity awareness month - Get Smart!


As part of promoting cybersecurity at Williams we will be sending out a number daily messages this month on a variety of topics. This week is phishing: Every day we are barraged with technology scams. Avoid giving up your own personal information or that of the college by being aware. Please check out this week’s more »

Faculty Technology Lunch on Google Apps for Teaching

Please join us on Thu., Oct 15, noon, Faculty Collaboration Center (276 Sawyer). This lunch talk will illustrate Google Docs for collaborative writing, Google Drive to share and organize documents, and Google Hangout for a video conference. RSVP to appreciated as lunch will be provided. This is our first Faculty Technology Lunch this fall. more »

CET Fall Events Schedule

The full schedule of Fall Events happening in the Center for Educational Technology is now available online!

Scam email: Error in your account

At 5am this morning we started receiving these scam emails.  You can simply delete the message. How can you easily tell this is a scam? The From address does not make sense. The subject line does not follow OIT standards. If you hover your mouse over the Click here link (without clicking) you will see more »

Rescheduled: iTech Faculty Lunch: Google Apps & GLOW

Please note! The faculty lunch on Google Apps for Teaching and GLOW has been rescheduled from today to Thursday, October 15.  Watch Daily Messages early in October to RSVP for the Oct 15 date. – from Tamra L. Hjermstad, Ofc for Information Technology

Mac OSX 10.11 El Capitan - OIT recommends waiting to update

Apple will be releasing the latest version of their operating system, El Capitan, on September 30. We currently recommend that you DO NOT upgrade for any computers used to access Williams systems. El-Capitan is an update to Yosemite (10.10) with fixes, updates and a number of new features that will be available on existing hardware, more »

The Equipment Loan Center will be closed this Friday

We will return to standard office hours on Tuesday. -Jim Lillie, ELC Equipment Loan Center

ELC back to standard office hours Monday the 31st

The Equipment Loan Center is back to standard office hours. Monday, Thursday 10:00AM – Noon & 1:00pm – 4:45PM Tuesday,Wednesday, Friday 9:00am – Noon & 1:00pm – 4:45pm -Jim Lillie, ELC – Equipment Loan Center

Internet configuration testing early Wednesday (5:00 to 6:30AM)

Due to a power outage in Albany, we experienced a campus Internet outage last Friday morning.  The college has two connections to the Internet so this outage should not have occurred.  We adjusted our configuration and will test this Wednesday morning between 5:00 AM and 6:30 AM to minimize the disruption to you.  During these more »

Friday morning Internet outage

As of about 10:15 we are back online. As many of you are aware, we experienced a campus Internet outage this morning. Due to a power outage in Albany, our main Internet connection went and remains offline. Unfortunately our secondary connection did not fail over automatically and our staff worked quickly to switch to this more »