Attention Apple Users:
Apple Updates iOS and Apple TV to Fix Critical Security Bug
If you have an iPhone, iPad, Apple laptop/computer, or Apple TV you need to update immediately. Apple has released iOS 7.0.6, iOS 6.1.6, OSX 10.9.2 (for Mavericks), and Apple TV 6.0.2 to fix a critical vulnerability that could make it possible for your online accounts and financial information to be compromised.
For iPhones and iPads download the updates in
Settings > General > Software Update
or update through iTunes.
For Apple TV, download the update in
Settings > General > Software Updates > Update Software.
Questions or concerns? Call the service center at 2943277!
Did you know that Furman ITS has a self-help wiki for your information technology needs? If not, you’re missing out on valuable ITS information and tips!
The next time you’re running into a problem, but might not feel like wandering over to the help desk, why don’t you give the ITS Self Help Wiki a try?
If the wiki isn’t your thing, you can always get a hold of ITS through the IT Service Center in the lower level of the library or by finding @furman_its on twitter!
One of the many valuable pieces of information that ITS took away from the 2013 Information Technology Services survey was that there were a lot of student questions about remediation and network access control. Read on to get some answers to your network questions!
What is Network Access Control?
Our network access control system scans the computers on Furman’s network to ensure that security patches are up-to-date.
What is remediation?
Remediation is the state that any computer that does not pass a scan is put into until it meets Furman’s security requirements. While in remediation, your computer cannot access the Internet.
How do I get out of remediation?
Steps for getting out of remediation can be found on Furman’s self-help wiki. Click here for Mac instructions. Click here for Windows instructions.
What if that doesn’t work?
Get in contact with the service center and we can get you straightened out! Email, call (864) 294-3277, or just visit us downstairs in the Duke library.
Great, now how do I stay out of remediation?
Staying out of remediation is easier than you may think! Update your computer’s antivirus software regularly. This also goes for computer’s operating system. Setting a reminder on your computer’s calendar to do your updates once a week can be very helpful.
Any other tips?
Follow @furman_its on Twitter to stay in the loop about when Bradford scans are happening, and what you can do to keep your computer prepared for the Furman network.
As always, feel free to reach out to the service center or comment here if you have any more questions!
January 28-February 28 marks 2014′s Data Privacy Month. During this time, ITS would like to encourage you to take extra measures to ensure that you are keeping your digital information secure.
The Global Cyber Security Awareness campaign, Stop. Think. Connect. provides internet users with great tips on how to practice good internet safety such as:
- How to keep a clean machine
- How to protect your personal information
- How to assess what activity is appropriate for public networks
- How to be “Web Wise”
- How to be a good online citizen
The tips in their entirety can be found here.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your data security on Furman’s campus, please feel free to email or call (X3277) the service center.
Happy Data Privacy Month!
Thanks to all of your responses to our Information Technology survey back in October, ITS is working harder than ever to make sure that your IT experiences on campus continue to meet and exceed your needs.
One thing we learned from the survey is that there may be confusion as to what to do if you have a problem connecting to wireless in your dorm.
All dorms have wireless internet here at Furman and if you have a problem accessing it, ITS wants to know so we can fix it! If you run into any problems connecting to wireless, you can email or call the IT Service Center (864-294.3277) so we can get started on solving the problem. You can also explore the Furman Wireless Network Webpage to see if your device is properly configured for the network.
Once you’re connected to the wireless network in your dorm, be sure to visit twitter and follow @furman_its stay up-to-date on what we’ve got planned for you this semester!
Microsoft’s Office Professional Plus, which includes popular programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, can come with a hefty price tag, but luckily we have a way to lighten that financial blow!
Students can now download the latest version of Office Professional Plus for free! Your subscription will remain active the whole time that you are enrolled at Furman University.
Interested? Go to our Office 365 Self Help site scroll down to “Office Professional Plus for Students” and follow the install instructions Mac or Windows!
Have you ever wondered how reliable Furman’s Internet connection is? Well we’ve been gathering the data all year, and now have the 2013 numbers for you!
As you can see, Furman’s campus Internet stayed up for 99.92% of the time in 2013. We never had a month below 99.8% reliability and even had two months of 100% internet uptime. This means that even with planned maintenance, our campus Internet connection was online for all but 35 minutes each month.
(ITS has a target of 99% uptime, less than 7.2 hours of downtime per month)
We aren’t stopping here, though. ITS is working to make your 2014 even better!
ITS is offering two training sessions to faculty and staff on Moodle and Adobe Connect before Spring term classes start. Class will meet in the Professional Development Lab, room 042 in the lower level of the library. Email Jean Childress to reserve a seat!
- Adobe Connect – Friday, January 10 at 1:00 pm
- Just Beyond Moodle Basics – Friday, January 10 at 3:00 pm
The 2013 Information Technology survey results are now available from the reports section of the IT Services website. Thanks to all who participated.
Our annual information technology survey is an important tool for measuring service quality on campus. The survey results help us set information technology budget priorities, and will help measure progress toward several of the University’s information technology initiatives. Thanks again to everyone who took the time to take the survey!
If you have tried to log into Office 365 on the web lately, you may have noticed that something seemed a little different.
ITS has rolled out a new log in page that is more responsive and consistent with the website redesign. Now, no matter what device you view the log in page on, you will enjoy the same log in experience. In addition to the cosmetic changes, you will also find helpful links at the bottom of the log in form.
This change is just one of several that ITS has planned for the new semester. Keep an eye out for more announcements!