Information Technology

Need a computer? Check public computer availablility using

Our computer lab machine availability information is now available on Amherst Mobile at

Save a link to on your smart phone or other mobile device to quickly check for computer availablity, laundry machine availblity, dining menus and lots of other useful information. 

Windows XP End of Life

Now that Microsoft no longer provides security patches for Windows XP, it is important that Windows XP users do two things:

  • Exercise extreme caution surfing the web
  • Make plans to upgrade

If you are still running Windows XP, you should restrict any web browsing to known good sites, avoid using Internet Explorer, and, when reading email, refrain from opening any email containing an attachment unless you were expecting such an email from the sender.

Seniors/Recent Grads: Apply for the Amherst College Information Technology Fellowship

The Information Technology department seeks a current Amherst College senior or recent Amherst graduate for the position of Information Technology Fellow. This is a one-year position which may be renewed for a second year. The Fellow reports to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and will be responsible for facilitating special projects and general operations of the department. The fellowship offers an excellent opportunity to learn about managing an IT organization.  

New Events Calendar Info Session 10am March 24 Webster 102

The College website now has a new Events Calendar. With this new Events Calendar, there are significant changes to all calendars on the website with new design and features available. There is a new College website navigation menu also. 

Here’s the new Events Calendar:

New Scanners in SMUDD Center for Creative Technology Computer Center

New scanners are available in the Seeley Mudd building Center for Creative Technology (CCT) computer center. The new scanners are two Epson XL 11000 Photo edition scanners and one Epson v500 OCR document/photo scanner. The Epson XL 11000 Photo edition scanners have the option of using slide trays which are available from the Help Desk, the trays are kept in the locked cabinet behind the HelpDesk.


Critical Apple Security Vulnerabilities

February 25, 2014

Apple has announced that all web browsers on iOS devices (including Safari and app versions of other browsers) and the Safari web browser only for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks have a security vulnerability. They have a flawed implelentation of the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol. As a result, another device on your local wireless network may be able to intercept and read your SSL encrypted traffic. SSL is the most widely used security protocol on the Internet, used by virtually all shopping and banking sites, among many others.