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Traveling abroad with technology: Loaner netbook program, cellphone guide

The Information Technology Assistance Center (iTAC) has put together a couple of helpful information pages as well as an international loaner netbook program to help aid faculty/staff who travel internationally.

The international loaner netbook program provides a technology option that conforms to United States government export-control laws. These netbooks can be checked out in iTAC, 214 Hale Library. See more information about the program.

iTAC has also put together a handy guide with tips for using a cellphone or smartphone overseas.

How “Find My iPhone” app can be helpful

If you lose your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, help is on the way.  Here on campus, you take your iOS devices everywhere and you may lose them somewhere along the way.

It may be in a classroom, dining facility, or somewhere in your office or dorm room.  Find My iPhone app can help you locate your missing iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

You can access it through any iOS device or on your computer by going to www.icloud.com.  This makes it simple and easy to find your device.  Continue reading “How “Find My iPhone” app can be helpful”

Ethiopia bans Skype, Google Talk, and all other VoIP services

The Ethiopian government has banned the use of Voice over IP (VoIP) services like Skype, Google Talk, and others. This ban comes with severe penalties — up to 15 years in prison — for those who use these services while in Ethiopia, including visitors.

Ethiopian authorities say they are imposing these bans because of “national security concerns” and to protect the state-opened Ethio Telecom, which is also the only Internet service provider in the country.

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IT security: "Traveling Safely" PowerPoint slides from May 7 roundtable

The “Traveling Safely” PowerPoint presentation from the IT security roundtable May 7 has been added to the other presentations available on the IT security roundtable website. Harvard Townsend, K-State’s chief information security officer, offers information that’s also good for those staying home — such as the latest security risks and safety guidelines for using:

  • ATMs
  • Public kiosks and computers (including libraries)
  • USB flash drives
  • Laptops
  • Internet cafes
  • Airports
  • WiFi hot spots

IT crime statistics

Townsend’s presentation noted that ATM fraud is “rampant in Europe” and is also a growing threat in the U.S., with annual loss estimated at $1 billion/year, or $350,000 per day.

Laptop thefts remain a big concern.  Six laptops have been stolen on the K-State campus this year (2010), Townsend said.  An estimated 16,000 laptops per week are lost or stolen in airports (U.S. and Europe).

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