IT Services news
Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) is excited to announce that McGill will be transitioning from physical clickers to web-based student response systems for the Fall 2016 semester. These systems allow students to respond from a personal device (smartphone, tablet, laptop). While the vendor will be determined in the coming months, TLS has been piloting four systems and obtaining feedback from students and instructors to help in the selection process.
Whether you're using a public computer at McGill, a cafe, library, hotel, or even left your own laptop unattended for a short period of time, you should always inspect it to ensure that no keylogger devices have been attached. A keylogger is a tiny device that logs every key you press on your keyboard. It can capture personal messages, passwords, credit card numbers, and everything else you type.
After March 31, 2016 there will be a change on the Virtual Private Network, which will require version 4.1 or higher of the Cisco AnyConnect client software on Windows, Mac OS v10.8 and higher, and mobile devices. For those using Mac OS v10.7 or earlier, please contact the IT Service Desk; you will need to use the L2TP over IPSec security protocol. Before March 31 If you have an old version of the Cisco AnyConnect client (you have connected to VPN in the past, but not recently):
A series of fraudulent emails containing malware attachments have been reported that use a different variations of a subject related to an order/invoice, for example "Invoice <random set of numbers>", "Order Status #xxxxxxx" or "Notification from XXXX". A sample of one of the emails is shown below.
A phishing email has been reported with the subject "Confirmation #<some random set of numbers>". It urges the recipient to open a possibly malicious attachment. A sample of the email is shown below.
A phishing email has been reported with the subject "Web Email Interface Notice". It urges the recipient to click a link and then enter email and password details. A sample of the email is shown below.
A phishing email has been reported with the subject "Compromised McGill Username and McGill Password". It urges the recipient to click a link to unlock their account. A sample of the email is shown below.
As of March 2016, IT Services has made the Skype Federation feature available to members of the McGill community. This feature allows you to add people to your Skype for Business contact list even if they are using regular Skype.
A phishing email has been reported with the subject "WELCOME TO MCGILL UNIVERSITY - ONLINE SERVICES". It urges the recipient to click a link to upgrade their email account. A sample of the email is shown below.
A phishing email has been reported with the subject "Compromised Account". It is signed from McGill's Information Security (InfoSec) team, and urges the recipient to fill out a form to unlock their account. A sample of the email is shown below.
This spring, McGill University will be upgrading Banner, the University’s enterprise repository of data for administrative systems, including Student Records, Human Resources, Finance and Student Aid. Starting at noon on Friday, April 1Ending at noon on Tuesday, April 5 Banner and Minerva will be unavailable during this period, and several major services including:
If you currently use External Learning Tools (ELT) to integrate an application within myCourses, or are interested in integrating third-party applications in the future, please read on.
A new version of EndNote X7 for Mac is now available for download. It is compatible with Microsoft Word 2016 for Mac. All McGill University full-time faculty, staff and students can download and install EndNote for use on their personal computers or on McGill workstations for which they have administrative rights. To download the software, visit the IT Knowledge Base.
For the time being, when you click on the Access myCourses link in the myMcGill portal, you have to re-enter your McGill credentials. You can also access myCourses directly through one of the following options: Direct link to myCourses: https://mycourses2.mcgill.ca/ The Quick Links tab, located on the top right of any web page on the McGill domain (www.mcgill.ca).
If you've installed Alertus software on your laptop or computer, new versions are now available for Windows and Mac. Among other improvements, now you can see all recent alerts by right-clicking on the yellow Alertus icon in your System Tray/Menu Bar. From there, you can click to view the details of an Active Alert or any other recent alerts/messages (shown in red).