VR for Real!

Student and faculty requests for support for virtual reality (VR) have increased over the last two years. Interested in finding out first-hand what VR looks – and feels – like?  Stop by the lobby of Frost Library or 112 SMudd to see a demo of VR equipment.  It’s a great opportunity to experience VR for yourself and consider its application in your academic work.  Please stop by during the dates and times listed below: 

Frost Library, 2-4pm

Pioneer Training's Excel-apalooza! - Wednesday November 8, 2017 UMass Center, Tower Square, Springfield, MA

Pioneer Training is offering Excel-apalooza -  a full day of workshops on Microsoft Excel Wednesday November 8, 2017 at the UMass Center in Tower Square in Springfield.

It’s the first time Pioneer Training is working with the UMass Center, and they are excited about using the state-of-the-art computer lab for this event. Participants will get discount parking in Tower Square for $5 for the day.

Amherst Login Page Enhancements

We are strengthening the security of our services and want to provide detailed information since some of the changes will impact the login experience to some Amherst web sites. Starting on Thursday, September 28, the familiar, purple single sign-on (SSO) web page will briefly show a white box that states “Logging you in…” immediately after each successful login. The message may flash for a second or less, is expected behavior and is not indicative of a phishing attempt. 

Below is a screen capture of what you may see for a second or less after successfull login:

Many iOS Apps will not Work on iOS 11 - Check Before You Upgrade

Apple plans to release the latest version of their OS for iPads and iPhones, iOS 11, very soon. Many mobile apps that currently run on iOS 10, known as 32-bit applications, will no longer work on iOS 11 as Apple is making a departure from that class of apps with their latest update. Before you upgrade, you can determine if you use any such apps, and you may decide not to upgrade until you find an appropriate replacement. To determine if you use 32-bit apps, open Settings, then tap General > About > Applications. If you use 32-bit apps, you will see a list of those apps.

ALERT: Beware of Phishing Attempts

Phishing attempts are increasing! Seemingly legitimate emails are arriving in many @amherst.edu mailboxes. Don’t be fooled by messages that appear to come from members of campus and include links to log in to sites which also appear to be Amherst College websites, but in reality are not.

Recognition for Phishing Reports: Spring ‘17 iPad Winners!

Jingwen Zhang ‘18 and Mandy Hart each won an iPad for being the first to report phishing attacks directed at college email addresses last semester. You could win this semester too! Whenever you detect a phishing attempt, or if an email seems strange, report it to phishing@amherst.edu for a chance to win a special prize.

More information: http://www.amherst.edu/go/phish

Worm Infects Windows Computers Worldwide

According to news reports, tens of thousands of Windows computers throughout the world have fallen victim to a ransomware worm (a type of computer virus) that encrypts files and documents and then demands a payment for the decryption key.

How the worm spreads is not yet clear but you should be very careful visiting new websites and opening emails.  If your Windows computer is up to date with the latest updates from Microsoft then you are safe from this worm.

Security Alert: Zero-Day Vulnerability in Microsoft Office

What to Know: There is an active zero-day vulnerability that affects all Windows OS (including Windows 10). Opening a Microsoft Word file from an untrusted source can compromise your entire system.

How it Works: When opened, the exploit code makes a connection to a remote server controlled by the attacker. A malicious HTML file is downloaded, disguised as a ".rtf file," and installs malware.

What to Do: