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Faculty/staff: Keep your data safe with CrashPlan

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CrashPlan, an alternative to traditional computer backups, is available by subscription for faculty and staff. CrashPlan will back up files on your workstation, laptop or desktop computer in a continuous, invisible, uninterrupted manner, and send you a periodic report of the status of your backup. CrashPlan encrypts your data, and then backs the data up to the cloud. Continue reading “Faculty/staff: Keep your data safe with CrashPlan”

CrashPlan subscriptions available for faculty and staff

by Information Technology Services

CrashPlan, an alternative to traditional computer backups, is available by subscription for faculty and staff. CrashPlan will back up files on your workstation, laptop or desktop computer in a continuous, invisible, uninterrupted manner, and send you a periodic report of the status of your backup. CrashPlan encrypts your data, and then backs the data up to the cloud. Continue reading “CrashPlan subscriptions available for faculty and staff”

US-CERT Alerts Users to Holiday Phishing Scams and Malware Campaigns

US-CERT reminds users to remain vigilant when browsing or shopping online this holiday season. Ecards from unknown senders may contain malicious links. Fake advertisements or shipping notifications may deliver infected attachments. Spoofed email messages and fraudulent posts on social networking sites may request support for phony causes.

Beware: tis the season for holiday scams

To avoid seasonal campaigns that could result in security breaches, identity theft, or financial loss, users are encouraged to take the following actions:

If you believe you are a victim of a holiday phishing scam or malware campaign, consider the following actions:

  • File a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
    Report the attack to the police and file a report with the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Contact your financial institution immediately and close any accounts that may have been compromised. Watch for any unexplainable charges to your account.
  • Immediately change any passwords you might have revealed and do not use that password in the future. Avoid reusing passwords on multiple sites.

Dell Product Roadmap Presentation

Dell and the Information Technology Services invite you to a Client Roadmap presentation with Jeff Cannon, Jay Tunnell, and Jerry Adams of Dell. The presentation will be 3 p.m., Tuesday, October 11, in 501 Hale Library (Hemisphere Room).

The presentation will include a review of current and upcoming product details for Dell’s professional models. There will also be a discussion on the current models posted on the Kansas State University Premier page.

Your feedback is requested to help increase and refine those offerings. Send any questions to Kristin Tobias, 785-532-5395, kristin9@ksu.edu.

Adobe enterprise license renewed for K-State computers

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Add a little color to your courses or a pop to your presentations with Adobe Creative Cloud! Information Technology Services is continuing the Adobe Enterprise license agreement Aug. 1, 2016 through July 31, 2017. Continue reading “Adobe enterprise license renewed for K-State computers”

Gift ideas, big and small, on K-State technology wishlists

IT staff have a wide range of items on their wishlists, from fun and entertaining technology to a Cessna Citation jet with new-tech features. If you’re still searching for that special gift, these ideas may help.

This list was compiled from K-State IT staff who answered the question “What tech gifts would you like to receive or give this holiday season?”

  • HEXBUG Aquabot with Fishbowl ($14.99). K-State staff said: “When adults get fascinated by a cute little 3-inch fish swimming around in its own bowl with real water (it’s water-activated), just imagine how much kids will love it. I even want one.”
  • Fitbit health/activity trackers (from $59.95).  From the website: “…products and experiences that fit seamlessly into your life so you can achieve your health and fitness goals.”
  • Sentry Turret USB Desk Defender ($29.99). From the website: “Strike fear into the hearts of your enemies (or coworkers) with your very own Turret Desk Defender, powered by USB. When it detects movement, the wings open and it will announce the acquisition of a target…”

Continue reading “Gift ideas, big and small, on K-State technology wishlists”

Summer sales on Dell computers

Summer is an opportune time for K-Staters who are planning to buy a computer or other technology. Summer sales and “back to school” specials abound and often include discounts or rebates on computer accessories and equipment. For example, check out these Dell sales:

  1. Hats off to major milestones. Buy a Dell and get a $200 ePromo Gift Card (PDF). This is an exclusive offer for students and/or parents of students.
  2. Buy an XPS 10 tablet for $293.99 after $156 savings (PDF)

Continue reading “Summer sales on Dell computers”

Computer-bundle sales start June 3 at Union Computer Store

K-State students and faculty/staff who are thinking of buying a computer should check out the Union Computer Store’s bundled computer sales that start Monday, June 3, and continue through the summer. “Bundled” means when a Windows or Mac computer is purchased through the store, additional price-savings are available on select accessories such as USB flash drives and printers.  Continue reading “Computer-bundle sales start June 3 at Union Computer Store”

“Quick Guide to Windows 8” gives overview, tips, and shortcuts

A Quick Guide to Windows 8 (PDF) is now available online for those who have new Windows 8 computers, want to get a fast start, or are simply interested in the new OS from Microsoft. The one-page guide covers the Start Screen tiles, the Charms bar, keyboard shortcuts, and resources.

For more details about Windows 8, see the article “Getting Familiar With Windows 8” in IT News.

iPad buyers get incentives during March Madness at computer store

Eight variations of iPads are available during the Union Computer Store’s “March Madness Buy an iPad” sale March 11-30 that features:

  • Buy an iPad and get a free stylus and free earbuds ($20-$25 estimated savings)
  • 15 percent off iPad accessories purchased at the same time (excluding Apple-branded accessories)

An educational ID is required, and the sale is not valid with any other offers.  Continue reading “iPad buyers get incentives during March Madness at computer store”