CaTS News and Tips for Fall Semester 2014
CaTS is excited to announce some of the projects we’ve been working on over the summer. We hope these new services will help make your technology use at Wright State that much better! We also want to share with you some technology tips to enhance your use of Wright State systems, such as Office 365. If you have questions about any of these items, don’t hesitate to contact the CaTS Help Desk. You can reach us at (937) 775-4827, or toll free at 1-888-775-4827. You can also send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more at: www.wright.edu/wrightstateapp/
One of the most buzzworthy items we’ve recently unveiled is the new Wright State App! Many of you have already downloaded it, and we’re hoping the rest of you will soon! The Wright State App offers a quick and convenient way to access student essentials. You can now easily view your scheduled classes, the building and room number they’re in, and who the professor is. You can also view your full schedule if you want a quick overview of the semester. The app also has a shortcut to Pilot, which allows easy access to course information and materials, as well as making it convenient to check grades that have been updated through the portal. You can also view your final grades from previous semesters, access the payment center, and look up people and departments through the directories. New on campus and feeling a little lost? Quickly access a map of the campus to find your way! Along with these features, you can also receive important notifications about news and events, as well as connect to social media all from the palm of your hand.
With Microsoft Lync, you can chat and share with friends, classmates, or anyone with a Wright State Office 365 account. Organize your Lync account by creating groups and communicate instantly with others through text and voice chat. Communicating through Lync is a great way to work with others when you cannot arrange face-to-face meetings. You can even share your computer screen to collaborate on projects more easily.
OneDrive for Business
All university faculty, staff, and students now have access to another new service from Microsoft called OneDrive for Business. OneDrive for Business is a cloud storage solution for your files and work documents, and is accessible with any web browser. Along with OneDrive for Business, you will have access to the Office Web Apps, which are web versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
OneDrive for Business, accessible through your Office 365 account, comes with 1 TB (terabyte) of free storage space. Your files can be kept private or you can share them with others. You will also have the ability to collaborate with others on a document.
Please remember that as you begin using OneDrive for Business, you should not store any files or documents that contain sensitive university data. If you do so, you will be in violation of Wright Way Policy 1106, which is the university’s IT Security Policy. See section 1106.03 on http://www.wright.edu/wrightway/1106 for further information.
RaiderMail is Now Office 365
As the university adopts more Microsoft services (such as Lync and OneDrive), and in order to be consistent with Microsoft’s naming conventions, CaTS has changed the name of our RaiderMail service in order to better describe what Microsoft services we offer. This new name is Office 365, which is Microsoft’s official name for the suite of online services which includes email, calendar, contacts, Lync, and OneDrive.
Please take note that nothing will be required from you for this change to take effect. You will still have the same email and calendar system, and you will still access these services in the same way you’ve always done. If you have questions about this, be sure to contact the CaTS Help Desk.
New CaTS Website
See the page: www.wright.edu/information-technology or www.wright.edu/it
The CaTS website recently received a makeover! The site has been re-built from the ground up to give you access to important announcements, features, and services that you use and need on a daily basis. You can find answers to your technology questions more easily, and you can even learn more about our departments in the “About” section of the page. Be sure to take some time to browse the site, and let the Help Desk now if you have any questions or can’t find something on our new page.
CaTS wants to remind you about the dangers of email phishing scams and how best to avoid them. For those that don’t know, phishing scams are emails which are designed to trick you into sending an unknown third party your campus username and password or other personal or financial information. Your information can then be used in a number of ways, from accessing your email to identity theft. Frequently, these emails look like they’re coming from Wright State University, CaTS, your bank or credit card issuer, or any other institution you do business with.
Be aware that any email claiming to be from CaTS, Wright State University or another business which asks for your login, personal, or financial information is a definite scam. CaTS, WSU, and other reputable businesses WILL NEVER ask you for any personal information, such as your username and password, via email. CaTS would also like to emphasize that you should never respond to these emails or click links within them, nor should you give out your personal information to anyone via email.
If you receive an email and are unsure if the message is a scam, feel free to contact the CaTS Help Desk. We can help you determine whether the message is real or not.
How to Check Your Wright State Email on Your Phone
Did you know you can access your Wright State email on your smartphone? The setup process is simple, and you can use either your phone’s built-in mail app or the “OWA (Outlook Web App)” application from Microsoft. For instructions on how to use your Apple iOS, Android, or Windows Phone device to check your Wright State email, visit the link below.
The Scheduling Assistant within Outlook allows you to invite groups of people to a meeting without having to contact them individually via email. For an excellent description and tutorial on using the Scheduling Assistant, visit the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's website, located at http://www.uwec.edu/Help/email/MicrosoftOutlookSchedulingAssistant.htm
Downloading Firefox Web Browser
CaTS recently found that if you are searching for the Firefox web browser download on Google, the first 2-3 search results are for malware or spyware. Not until the third or fourth link do you actually see the real download link. If you’d like to download Firefox, we recommend that you do so from our ConnectWright website. CaTS has links on this site that go directly to the download links you need. Check out the site at the following location:
Download Microsoft Office for Free with Student Advantage Program
Did you know that as a student you can download Microsoft Office for free? A new program at WSU called Student Advantage gives all students access to download free subscription copies of Microsoft Office ProPlus, which includes full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. Students can install the software on up to five personally-owned PCs/Macs and up to five mobile devices, including iOS and Android devices. The software has the same features and functions as other versions of Office and can be used offline. However, students must connect to the Internet once every 30 days to verify they are still eligible for the program.
Already have Office on your laptop? You can still download Student Advantage on your smart phone or tablet. This allows you to leave your laptop at home while still being able to take notes while you’re in class.
To learn more about Student Advantage and to get installation instructions, visit Wright State’s Student Advantage website by clicking the link below:
Here are some important things to remember when using Student Advantage:
• You must be a current student to use this service
• Software should not be installed on university-owned computers
• Uninstall any copies of Office before installing Student Advantage
• Keep any Office software you purchased through CaTS (you’ll need it after you graduate)
If you have questions about Student Advantage, please contact the CaTS Help Desk using one of the methods listed below.
CaTS Help Desk
025 Library Annex
Urgent: Phishing Scam Notice for 9/17/14
The Help Desk was recently notified of two phishing scams targeting students, faculty, and staff of Wright State University. The first scam shows up in your email informing you that you've received a new fax from EPSON. It then provides a link where you can 'download your fax message'.
The second scam has a subject line titled HELPDESK and the message says you have been upgraded to 4 GB of space. It then provides a link for you to click on.
Please be aware that these messages scams and are NOT BEING SENT BY CaTS. If you reply, your information will be sent to an email address of the scammer, not to the CaTS Help Desk. You should delete these messages immediately.
Be aware that any email claiming to be from CaTS, Wright State University or another business which asks for your login, personal, or financial information is a definite scam. CaTS, Wright State, and other reputable businesses WILL NEVER ask you for any personal information, such as your username and password, via email. CaTS would also like to emphasize that you should never respond to these emails or click links within them, nor should you give out your personal information to anyone via email.
If you receive an email and are unsure if the message is a scam, feel free to contact the CaTS Help Desk. We can help you determine whether the message is real or not. You can reach us at (937) 775-4827, or toll free at 1-888-775-4827.
Update on Destiny Video Game
For those of you who have been trying to play the Destiny video game using the campus network, you should now be able to do so. As a reminder, this outage was experienced not only at Wright State, but many other campuses across the country.
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Learn How to Check Your WSU Email on Your Phone!
Did you know you can access your Wright State email on your smartphone?
The setup process is simple, and you can use either your phone’s built-in mail app or the “OWA (Outlook Web App)” application from Microsoft. For instructions on how to use your Apple iOS, Android, or Windows Phone device to check your Wright State email, visit the link below.
Wright State Office 365 Mobile Device Setup:
If you would like further assistance with setting up your smartphone to access your email, contact the CaTS Help Desk. You can reach us at (937) 775-4827, or toll free at 1-888-775-4827. You can also send an email to email@example.com, or stop by our office in 025 Library Annex.
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