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Category: COVID-19

Availability of Adobe Creative Cloud extended to July 6

Adobe is extending the end date for the temporary at-home access to Adobe Creative Cloud through July 6, 2020. There is no action required on your end. The access will continue automatically. For more information, view the Knowledge Base article provided by Adobe and adapted for K-State.

For additional information about software available to K-Staters and provisions extended due to COVID-19, visit the ITS Software page.

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Register now for CanvasCon online Oct. 15

CanvasCon logoFor the health and safety of all attendees, Instructure is combining their annual InstructureCon event and regional CanvasCon events into one free online global conference. Come together with other Canvas users for professional development, idea-sharing, and skill-building at CanvasCon Online on Thursday, October 15.

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Zoom: Maintaining your privacy while sharing your screen

As you continue to learn, teach, or work from home, you may need to share your computer screen with other Zoom meeting participants. Before you click the Share Screen button, protect your privacy by making sure you know exactly what you are sharing.

When you click on the Share Screen button at the bottom of the Zoom window, you can choose to share your full desktop or a specific window or application you have open on your computer. The best practice is to share only that specific window or application. Continue reading “Zoom: Maintaining your privacy while sharing your screen”

Access for software such as SPSS, SAS, MatLab, Mathematica and Minitab available

LabStats Remote Access is available to current students, faculty, and staff providing remote access to some computer labs on campus. The tool gives access to specialty software such as SPSS, SAS, Matlab, Mathematica, and Minitab and was created by LabStats to accommodate online learning for the COVID-19 quarantine period.

Users establish a Remote Desktop connection to the computers in the labs, which natively works on Windows based operating systems, and will also work on Mac, Android, iOS, and ChromeOS devices with the installation of the Microsoft Remote Desktop application. Once connected the user is presented with a window that contains the remote computer’s desktop. This experience mirrors what would occur on the lab computer.

Lab computers are locked down, which resets the computers back to their configured defaults on log-out or reboot. K-Staters who use this software via remote access need to save their data to OneDrive or a preferred cloud storage solution. Data saved on the remote computer will be lost once the remote session is terminated.

To access the tool visit https://www.k-state.edu/its/software/software-licenses/labstats/index.html. For technical assistance or questions please contact the IT Help Desk, (785) 532-7722.

Update on Zoom security features

zoomIn the past week, there has been a lot of news coverage regarding Zoom and security. Zoom is considered a best-in-class web conferencing platform because of its ease of use, cross-platform availability, and full features, including chat, screen sharing, recording, audio transcription, and being device-agnostic.

Eric Yuan, Zoom Founder, and CEO, in a message to users, identified security features that Zoom staffers fixed and those Zoom is actively addressing. What Zoom has done includes:

  • Developed a guide to address privacy issues
  • Clarified information on Zoom and encryption
  • Updated and clarified their privacy policy – emphasized that they do not nor have they ever sold user’s data, do not monitor meetings or the contents of meetings, and comply with applicable federal laws including GDPR and CCPA

There is a  pop-up notification from Zoom when new mandatory or optional updates are available.  When you receive a notification, run the update.

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IT News recap for the week of March 23

During this time of learning, teaching, and working from home, Information Technology Services will continue to provide new or updated information on the technology that is available at K-State to help you during this unusual semester. We realize a lot of information is coming at you all at once, so we have created a summary of the information that was released during the week in case you missed anything. Continue reading “IT News recap for the week of March 23”

ImageNow: Keeping our confidential and proprietary data secure

As we continue to learn, teach, and work remotely, we all need to do our part to keep confidential or proprietary data secure by adhering to K-State’s Data Classification and Security Policy. ImageNow users need to follow the remote work guidelines. Continue reading “ImageNow: Keeping our confidential and proprietary data secure”

Canvas: Viewing Course Analytics and Course Access reports

With our new normal of remote teaching and learning, many instructors have questions about how to track learner participation in their courses. Participation can easily be tracked with the built-in Course Analytics Report and Course Access Report in Canvas.

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Who is listening to your conversations through your smart devices?

While we continue to work and learn from home, it’s important to remember that your “private” conversations may not be so private. We’ve been warned about hackers taking control of cameras on your computer screen, that is still a concern, but hackers are also listening to you via your smart devices. The device itself might not be recording your conversation, but a hacker could be.

As people continue to work from remote locations during the COVID-19 crisis, there has been a significant spike in cybercrime. Hackers know you are home, so they are listening. They could be listening through your smartphones, computers, laptops, tablets, smart TVs, Amazon Alexa, and Echo devices. Or even Google Home, Facebook, thermostats, lights, any third-party apps using the microphone feature, AirPods and AirBuds, and most newer cars. The list goes on and on. Continue reading “Who is listening to your conversations through your smart devices?”

Adobe Creative Cloud available to students, faculty and staff

Adobe is making temporary at-home access to the Creative Cloud Suite available until May 31, 2020. View the Knowledge Base article provided by Adobe and adapted for K-State here.

For the majority of students, faculty, and staff, to access the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite from your computer or laptop, sign in here https://creativecloud.adobe.com with your K-State.edu email address.

For those individuals who have an existing named license, they continue to sign in as they have in the past using their @ksu.edu Adobe ID. This process will allow named license users to access their cloud files and saved settings.

Also, through May 31, 2020, Adobe is making web-based PDF tools available for free from Adobe.com.

For additional information about software available to K-Staters and provisions extended due to COVID-19, visit the ITS Software page.

Need help? For self-help, view the IT Knowledge Base articles. Need more help, contact the IT Help Desk 785-532-7722 or your local IT support staff.