VPN Migration, Thursday March 4, 6:00–8:00 AM

IT will be moving the campus GlobalProtect VPN server to new hardware on Thursday morning, March 4 during the regularly scheduled maintenance window of 6-8 AM. As with any network changes, although no extended service outage is anticipated, there is always a chance of unexpected outages. Please contact AskIT@amherst.edu or x2526 if you have any questions.

Update your Zoom!

Update your Zoom app to the latest version, 5.5.2, in order to take full advantage of all its features for the start of spring semester. See Zoom's update instructions to do so.

LIVE Tech Support via Zoom

Join ITSS staff in a live tech support Zoom meeting on Mondays - Fridays. Drop in (virtually) and get support about any issue from familiar faces. Just click the link below anytime between 9:00-10:00 AM or 1:00-2:00 PM to join us.

Want technical help for your Spring 21 classes?

IT has teaching assistants and video assistants standing by!

IT has trained student workers and others familiar with Zoom and Kaltura ready for you. Please contact AskIT@amherst.edu by emailing with the subject line “Teaching Assistant/Video Assistant” to request assistance for your class. Be sure to include the class name/number.

Please contact us by February 8 if you want assistance for the spring.

If you’re unsure what assistance might best suit your class, please send your questions to AskIT.

W-2s for tax year 2020

A reminder that college employees should look for their W-2s for tax year 2020 in ACData, not Workday. 

New VPN Service

On July 7, 2020 the IT department will begin transitioning to a new VPN service named GlobalProtect which will replace VPN Connect, VPN Firewall, and VPN Student. The new service is more reliable and scalable, allowing for far more connections.

Due to issues with the GlobalProtect Macintosh client, VPN Connect, VPN Firewall, and VPN Student will remain active for the foreseeable future. 

Note that specialized VPN services for CBoard, HVAC, and VoIP are unchanged.

Be Alert: Financial Fraud Schemes Increasing

Check recent updates to this ongoing issue. 

Incidents of identity theft related to unemployment fraud are on the rise. Bad actors are increasingly exploiting the pandemic financially. One scenario is to steal someone’s identity and apply for unemployment benefits in the victim’s name, with the benefits deposited in an account accessible only to the perpetrator. If you have received a notice from the state of Massachusetts about an application for unemployment benefits which you did not file, please notify the college and the state immediately. A report from the US Secret Service details the scheme, which is already affecting members of our community.

Massachusetts authorities are aware of this scam, which is widespread across the state. They are working on it, but they do not know how people's information is being obtained. They have verified, though, that the identity theft is not happening through any Amherst College systems.  

As at other stressful junctures when our attention is elsewhere, we are more susceptible to fraud and other devious schemes, particularly those appearing to be somehow “official” and of unexpected assistance. Be particularly careful of such offers by confirming their validity.  Also, be suspicious of unexpected requests to verify vendor invoices and transaction approvals by phone. Never provide personally-identifiable information (SSN, birthdate, etc.) over the phone to anyone. Likewise, never provide credit card or bank account numbers over the phone to anyone.   

Falling for a scam could cost you money and time. Play it safe!  Forward suspicious messages to phishing@amherst.edu and contact AskIT@amherst.edu if you have additional concerns. 



Reminder: Log into Zoom before Meetings

If you are hosting a Zoom meeting, be sure to log into your device’s Zoom client first using the SSO option, to ensure you have host privileges. The client should be running with your active login before you start or join a meeting for which you are a host. Alternatively, you may also log into https://amherstcollege.zoom.us

Please contact AskIT@amherst.edu if you have any questions about Zoom.

Mammoth looks into the camera

Zoom Backgrounds

Bring a little bit of Amherst to your remote workstation. Pick a campus photo or a Mammoth as your Zoom virtual background or computer wallpaper.

Pointers for Working Remotely - Avoid VPN Issues

As all of us are now working remotely,  here are a few pointers to help you work more effectively with VPN while you work remotely: disconnect from the VPN service when you are not using resources that require it, use devices without VPN, use cloud storage (Google Drive and Dropbox)  and reduce/eliminate dependency on remote desktop. 

Student Strategies for Learning Remotely During COVID-19

We would like to understand the technology needs you may have while you are learning remotely. We highly encourage you to review the student strategies page and the contact us so we can learn about and assist with your specific needs.

Adobe Licensing

If you receive a message on a college computer that the Adobe software license has expired, click the Adobe login link. Or if you're prompted for a license number when you open an Adobe application, quit the licensing window and, from the application's Help menu, select Sign In.Your Adobe username is your Amherst email address.

After logging in you may be asked whether the account is a personal one or a school/organizational account. Select the latter.

If you have further problems running Adobe software on a college computer, contact AskIT.