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File storage maintenance - Tues. Aug. 5, 2014 from 9pm to midnight - interruptions to several services

Tue, 2014-08-05 21:00 - Wed, 2014-08-06 00:00

Maintenance will be done on the Enterprise Storage Area Network (SAN) on Tuesday, August 5 from 9pm to midnight.

The following McGill services will be unavailable for approximately 15 to 30 minutes any time during this maintenance period:

  • All Staff and Student home folders (R: & P: drives)
  • All departmental file shares on the central file servers
  • Evault Archives and Indexing

Before the maintenance: Save and close all files on your departmental server before 9 pm Tuesday, Aug. 5.

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IT Security Alert: VoiceMail Phishing Scam - Several attempts are circulating with an attached .zip file

Thu, 2014-07-24 12:16

Several phishing attempts are circulating from different senders with different file attachment names. A sample email has the subject line: "You have received a new VoiceMail". Find a sample of this email below.

Please delete any suspcious email immediately! They do NOT come from a McGill source.

It is a fraudulent attempt to gain access to your personal information. McGill never solicits any such information by email.

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RISQ Maintenance in Gault Nature Reserve affects wired connectivity

Fri, 2014-08-08 23:00 - Sat, 2014-08-09 04:00

Due to RISQ maintenance, there will be no wired network connectivity in the Gault Nature Reserve from Friday, August 8, at 11:00 pm until 4:00 am Saturday August 9. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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McGill has a new, more secure VPN

Thu, 2014-07-17 09:00

McGill IT Services has introduced a new Virtual Private Network (VPN) to allow McGill faculty, staff and students access to internal McGill systems and resources from outside the McGill network.  This VPN, securevpn.mcgill.ca, uses the more secure SSL protocol and replaces inside.mcgill.ca, which uses the "Point-to-Point Tunneling" protocol.

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Want a longer McGill Password? No problem!

Wed, 2014-07-16 17:15

As of 5pm on Wednesday, July 16, IT Services implemented an increase in the length of the McGill Password.

Instead of being restricted to EXACTLY 8 characters in length, you can now create a password that is 8 to 18 characters in length.

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IT Security Alert: Phishing Scam - "IT Maintenance Schedule"

Tue, 2014-07-15 15:43

A phishing attempt is circulating with the subject line: "IT Maintenance Schedule". A sample of the email is shown below.

Please delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.

It is a fraudulent attempt to gain access to your personal information. McGill never solicits any such information by email. If you have already clicked on the link in this, email and submitted your personal information, you need to change your McGill Password as soon as possible.

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WebCT access ending for Summer 2010 and earlier

Mon, 2014-07-14 11:18

Since the new myCourses learning management system was introduced in Summer 2012, the legacy LMS (WebCT) is being phased out. Note that Friday, August 22, 2014 is the last date to request access to courses from Summer 2010 and earlier.

Students and instructors can continue to request access to WebCT for courses offered from Fall 2010 to Winter 2012 for another two years. The WebCT system will be fully shut down on August 22, 2016.

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IT Security Alert: Phishing Scam about reaching your mailbox storage

Thu, 2014-07-10 09:11

A phishing attempt about reaching your mailbox storage is circulating. A sample of the email is shown below.

Please delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.

It is a fraudulent attempt to gain access to your personal information. McGill never solicits any such information by email. If you have already clicked on the link in this, email and submitted your personal information, you need to change your McGill Password as soon as possible.

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Implications of Canada’s new Anti-Spam Law

Wed, 2014-07-02 10:22

To conform with Canada’s new Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), coming into effect July 1, 2014, McGill IT Services is increasing efforts to reduce the risk of spam on our mailing lists. We have tightened the regulations on the two types of email distribution lists currently supported.

1) LISTSERV mailing lists are those with addresses of the form xxx [at] lists [dot] mcgill [dot] ca.

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Emails requesting continued subscription to mailing lists – due to Canadian Anti-Spam Law

Fri, 2014-06-27 17:15

You may recently have received one or more emails requesting that you click a link to "Continue receiving promotions" from an organization or commercial company. As of July 1, 2014 the Canadian government will pass new anti-spam legislation (CASL), which imposes severe penalties for organizations that do not abide by the laws concerning mailing lists.

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