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Switch to the new VPN before November 12

Thu, 2014-10-30 09:10
Cisco VPN client

If you have not already made the switch to McGill’s new, more secure Virtual Private Network (VPN), time is running out. The old VPN, inside.mcgill.ca, will be deactivated on November 12. To avoid losing access to internal McGill systems and resources when off campus, set up a new VPN connection today.

Find instructions for setting up a new VPN connection to securevpn.mcgill.ca in the IT Knowledge Base.

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Antivirus Software Update: Trend Micro Internet Security 2015

Tue, 2014-10-28 10:30
Trend Micro Internet Security 2015

Trend Micro Internet Security 2015 is now available for Windows and Mac, for home use. This antivirus software is provided by McGill, free for full-time students, faculty and staff to install on their personal computers. Find information and instructions at: http://kb.mcgill.ca/it/antivirus  

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Phishing Scam from "RBC Express"; Subject: Important Notice for all RBC Express Online Users

Mon, 2014-10-27 16:52

A phishing attempt is circulating purporting to come from RBC Express (Royal Bank of Canada), with the Subject: "Important Notice for all RBC Express Online Users". It seems to be targeted to McGill staff and asks recipients to sign in using their RBC login credentials. 

Please delete this email immediately! It is a phishing scam.

If you have received the message and attempted to log in, please contact Peter Guertin, in McGill Financial Services, ASAP so that he can freeze the account and take the appropriate action.

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Online Surveys (surveys.mcgill.ca) maintenance: Tuesday, Oct 28 9pm-midnight

Tue, 2014-10-28 21:00 - 23:59

McGill's Online Surveys (surveys.mcgill.ca) will be unavailable for about 30 minutes during the maintenance window on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 between 9pm and midnight.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

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myMcGill portal downtime this Saturday, October 25, from 10pm to midnight

Sat, 2014-10-25 22:00 - 23:59

Please note that the myMcGill portal will be unavailable for 2 hours on Saturday, October 25, from 10 pm to midnight, for maintenance work.  This period coincides with the Minerva/Banner regularly scheduled monthly downtime.

During this period you will still be able to access major IT services, such as email and myCourses, using the links on When myMcGill is unavailable page.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

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Warning: CryptoLocker Virus is back again - don't open attachments

Tue, 2014-10-14 14:20
CryptoLocker

There is currently a virus infecting computers via email attachments.  In the latest fraud reported at McGill, the subject of the email is You have received a voice mail, and the attachment contains the virus.

If you receive any emails containing .ZIP file attachments, DO NOT open them.

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Phishing Scam from "RBC Express", Subject: User Roles Waiting for Approval

Wed, 2014-10-08 14:08

A phishing attempt is circulating purporting to come from RBC Express (Royal Bank of Canada), with the Subject: "User Roles Waiting For Approval". It seems to be targeted to McGill staff and asks recipients to sign in using their RBC login credentials. 

Please delete this email immediately!

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Anti-spam service (junkmail.mcgill.ca) interruption Sept 30, from noon to 1:00pm

Tue, 2014-09-30 11:50 - 13:00

On Tuesday, September 30, 2014, from approximately 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm, McGill's Anti-spam service (junkmail.mcgill.ca) will be shut down in order to perform maintenance.

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myCourses short maintenance Monday, September 29 at 3am

Mon, 2014-09-29 03:00 - 03:15

The myCourses system will be unavailable due to a short maintenance on Monday, September 29, from 3 am to 3:10 am.

We regret any inconvenience that this may cause.

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Bash security vulnerability

Thu, 2014-09-25 11:56

Yesterday, a new security vulnerability, affecting Bash, was announced. The Bash shell, commonly accessed through Command Prompt or the Terminal application, is a part of many Linux, Unix, and Mac systems. Since it has been around for more than two decades, older devices are also vulnerable. If used maliciously, Bash allows an attacker to take over an operating system, access confidential information, make changes, etc.. 

McGill’s IT Services is devoting their full attention to addressing any potential threat this may cause to centrally-managed IT systems.

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