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Banner Offline for Fiscal Year-End

by Rachel on June 30, 2014 in Maintenance, Technical Support

Banner will be offline starting Monday, June 30, at 10:00pm until Tuesday, July 1, at 11:59pm for fiscal year-end processing. During this time Banner INB and  Banner self-service will be inaccessible, and any automated processes or data feeds will not run.  A notice will be sent out when services are restored.


 

Cascade Upgrade

by Sheila Hall on April 22, 2014 in Announcements, Initiatives, Technical Support

Cascade, the online web editor used by VSU, has been upgraded to 7.10!

VSU Webpage

New features include:

  • Customizable Dashboard
  • Improved User Interface and Larger Icons
  • Google Analytics Available on Dashboard
  • Easier to Access the Advanced Options

To learn more, read Cascade 7.10: What’s New.

 

Two People with Speech Bubbles For technical assistance, contact Web Services (webservices@valdosta.edu).


 

Important: The Heartbleed Bug

by Sheila Hall on April 16, 2014 in Announcements, Technical Support

Update: The OUCH! team has released an out-of-band special edition that explains in very simple terms what the vulnerability means to individuals and what they can do to protect themselves.

Explanation of Vulnerability (PDF Version)
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The Issue: There is a new, national technology concern named Heartbleed which involves website encryption and possible disclosure of user account names and passwords.

Researchers have identified a vulnerability in a very popular program that protects the exchange of user names, passwords and other data sent from computers to web servers over the Internet.  Examples of such activities include when you are making purchases from Amazon, logging into your banking web site or logging into various VSU web services.  The Heartbleed vulnerability provides the ability for hackers to capture your user name and passwords and begin exploiting these credentials for their own personal gain (e.g. making purchases through your account or gleaning other personal information).

VSU IT Actions: You should know that VSU Systems Administrators and the Information Security team have worked diligently to test, update and retest all VSU websites impacted by this discovery and have analyzed 100% of all Internet connected servers.  Additionally, ADP and PeopleSoft websites used for VSU business are now up to date and have passed the Heartbleed vulnerability tests.

 What Can You Do: Simply changing your account passwords for all of your online accounts will not be an effective solution until the vulnerable websites have properly addressed and protected their software and network infrastructure.

A few websites have been created to allow users to test various sites for the Heartbleed vulnerability. One such site is http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/.  Users can simply enter their site of interest (e.g. www.valdosta.edu) into the test field and press the “GO” button. The site will perform it’s test and return the results of “pass”, “fail”, or some “technical details.”  The technical detail results are not an indicator that the site has an issue but you should avoid accessing sites that are identified as “Vulnerable.” 

After a site has been corrected by the web site company (“Passed”), we encourage you to change your passwords for the desired website in case the site and your credentials have been compromised.

What Else Can You Do: View the Heartbleed Hit List provided by the Mashable website of currently popular sites and services and their exposure to the Heartbleed bug. This is not an exhaustive list nor are the services affiliated with VSU.  Change your passwords on the sites that state a password change is required.

 

VSU Division of Information Technology encourages you to change your passwords on a regular basis for all computer and Internet access.


Information provided by Bill Moore, VSU Chief Information Security Officer

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Person with Question Mark For questions, contact the Helpdesk at 229-245-HELP (4357).


 

Wireless Maintenance

by Sheila Hall on April 11, 2014 in Announcements, Maintenance, Technical Support

 

VSU Wireless will be updated April 11 at 10pm!

The service will remain online during the maintenance window. Most mobile phones, tablets, and registered gaming devices will not be affected by this update; however, some devices will need to be reset


If your wireless connection stops working, refer to the following guides for steps on how to re-register your device:

1.  Remove your wireless profile.

2.  Re-register your device.

Person with Question Mark For questions, contact the Helpdesk at 229-245-HELP (4357).


 

Wireless Printing from Your Personal Computer

by Sheila Hall on April 1, 2014 in Initiatives, Technical Support

Students, faculty, and staff can now print wireless to campus lab printers from their personally-owned PCs and Mac computers!

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JUST FOLLOW THESE EASY STEPS…

If you haven’t already, connect to VSU Wireless.


 

1. Download and install the PC or Mac Printer Driver Software.

 

2. Start printing.

 


 

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Printing to VSU campus lab printers can only be done from VSU computers, or from personal computers connected to VSU Wireless.
  • Windows 8 and 8.1 users will only be able to print from Desktop applications, not Metro apps.
  • The Mac driver is only available for Mac OS 10.6 or higher.
  • This service is not yet available for mobile devices such as iPhones, Kindles, and the like.

 

This supporting initiative was a collaborative effort between
IT Workgroup Services, Network Services, and Helpdesk.

Person with Question Mark For questions, contact the Helpdesk at 229-245-HELP (4357).