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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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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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IT will go phishing to improve awareness about scams

Thu, 2014-09-11 12:33

Each year, the McGill community is targeted by hundreds of phishing emails, many of which can be hard to recognize and identify.

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Students: did you change your McGill Password after Heartbleed?

Fri, 2014-09-05 12:20

If you didn't change your McGill Password after the Heartbleed vulnerability was announced earlier this year, we strongly encourage you to do so. Take advantage of the increased password length and create a more secure McGill Password without delay!

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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TrueCrypt users: migrate your data

Thu, 2014-08-28 15:41

The development of TrueCrypt ended in May after Microsoft terminated support of Windows XP. If you currently use TrueCrypt, you should migrate any data encrypted by TrueCrypt to encrypted disks or virtual disk images supported on your platform. Please note that IT Services can only support TrueCrypt and other encryption tools on a best-efforts basis.

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Free Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus software for students

Wed, 2014-08-20 09:51

Starting today, August 19, McGill students have free access to the latest version of Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other Office apps. You may download and install it on up to five compatible personal devices, including PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Android smartphones and tablets.

As long as you're a student at McGill University, you'll be able to continue to use Office 365 ProPlus at no charge, and will receive automatic software updates.

IT Services will roll out additional features of Office 365 in future phases, including:

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IT Security Alert: Fraudulent email containing zip file attachment

Mon, 2014-08-18 15:04

A trojan is currently circulating in various email systems across the globe. Find a sample of the email below.

The email has a zip attachment and a subject line "New order 399749 from site."

If you receive this email DO NOT open the zip attachment, 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.

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myCourses monthly downtime for July

Sun, 2015-07-12 01:00 - 07:00

myCourses will be unavailable on Sunday, July 12, from 1 am to 7 am during scheduled monthly maintenance.

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myCourses monthly downtime for August

Sun, 2015-08-09 01:00 - 07:00

myCourses will be unavailable on Sunday, August 9, from 1 am to 7 am during scheduled monthly maintenance.

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myCourses monthly downtime for June

Sun, 2015-06-14 01:00 - 07:00

myCourses will be unavailable on Sunday, June 14, from 1 am to 7 am during scheduled monthly maintenance.

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