IT Services news
To limit the damage done to the reputation of the mailbox owner and McGill by accounts that have been compromised, IT Services is now applying a quota on the number of email items sent within a 24 hour period. Each recipient listed in the To, Cc or Bcc fields is counted as a separate item, whereas an email sent to a group or LISTSERV is only counted as one item. If you need to have the quota increased, contact ICS Service Desk.
Available in Minerva -- (For students) 2012 Tuition tax receipts in the Student Accounts Menu. (For employees) 2012 T4 and Relevé 1 tax receipts on the Employee Menu > Tax Slips Menu. To print:Log into Minerva directly at http://www.mcgill.ca/minerva, access and print the slips. Accessing Minerva through myMcGill portal will give unsatisfactory printing results.
For devices using iOS 6.1, Apple suggests this software update: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1639, now available on the Apple site for those who wish to use it. Original announcement, February 12: A known issue between Exchange 2010 server and devices using iOS 6.1 can cause performance issues affecting both McGill’s Exchange servers and individual iPads and iPhones using iOS 6.1. Problems reported for individual iOS 6.1 users at McGill and other institutions
As you may know, in March 2012, McGill launched its new myCourses learning management system, and we have now successfully delivered both Summer and Fall 2012 terms in the new system. As of January 31, 2013, we will begin to phase out the old WebCT system, given that the vendor will no longer support it.
IT Services is now offering a new antivirus and online threat protection software: Titanium Internet Security for Mac, available for all Mac operating systems from OS X 10.5.8 and up. This includes the latest version of Mac OS X 10.8. In addition to basic features such as protection from viruses, spyware, and malware, it can protect you from phishing scams, block / warn you about unsafe websites or links, and has customizable parental controls so you can restrict children’s Internet access.
IT Services is launching a new Channels system to post and distribute News and Events across the McGill Web Management System (WMS). As of 7:00 am on Monday, September 3, the old McGill Channels system will be closed and all existing Channels listings will be migrated into the new system, which will be available in the WMS on Tuesday, September 4. Read the full announcement for details.
You may lose your Internet service Monday unless you do a quick check of your computer for a DNS Changer malware that could have infected your machine more than a year ago. You may not even know that your computer has been infected, although you may be experiencing slower Web surfing and your antivirus software may be disabled.
An email is currently circulating with the Subject: "Verify Your McGill Webmail Immediately" and sent From: "McGill Helpdesk". If you have received this email please DELETE it - do not click on the link. This is a phishing attempt and does not come from McGill IT Services. Our help desk is called the ICS Service Desk.
A non-email form of phishing attack is being launched at education institutions. Victims are sent a physical (snail) mail, not email, indicating a possible security issue they should be aware of. Details are supposedly included on an enclosed DVD. If you receive such a DVD, DO NOT insert it into your computer. Report the incident to email@example.com immediately.
As you may have heard in the news, LinkedIn has confirmed that over 6 million user passwords have been compromised and posted online. While it does not appear that associated email addresses were included in the leaked data, there is still a risk if you use the same password across many sites, including the McGill and your home network.
Starting in early June Visual Schedule Builder (VSB), a web-based application, will be available to help you build your personal class schedule. No more struggling to fit the courses you want into a conflict-free schedule.
We'll soon be launching a brand new home page for McGill.ca that should make it easier for you to find what you're looking for - and avoid what you aren't. Find out what's changing (and why it's better).
As of March 1, 2012, McGill students, faculty and staff working at the MUHC will be able to access McGill's network via wireless connectivity. See the full announcement for details.
Smartphones and tablets are almost always "online" making them vulnerable to all sorts of malware and phishing scams. Don’t be the victim of malicious hackers. Learn some simple protection measures for your mobile devices - the focus of the 2012 Information Security campaign.
In line with the recommendations of the Jutras Report, we’re working hard to improve every our emergency communications planning. To help, on Jan. 31 we’ll launch new software called Alertus that allows us to send pop-up announcements to your computer if an urgent situation arises. People using laptops, Macs or non-ICS-supported desktops will need to install this software manually.