Email Phishing Attacks - Fraud/Scams/Intimidation

Please forward phishing emails you receive to phishing@amherst.edu. We will block the phishing websites as soon as possible after receiving the phishing email sample.

Please DO NOT forward examples of spam to phishing@amherst.edu. Spam is annoying marketing clutter, while phishing is an attempt to defraud you.

Upload File for an Assignment

The simplest assignment requires the upload of a single file. The assignment will appear in your Moodle course as [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"274353","attributes":{"alt":"Assignment image","class":"media-image","desc":"Assignment image","nid":"499850","title":"","height":"19","width":"116"}}]] with the text varying according to the assignment.

  1. Click on the assignment.
  2. Click on the Upload a file button to bring up the upload dialogue
  3. Click on the Choose a file button to bring up the File Picker that will allow you to select the file to upload.
  4. In the File Picker, select the source of the file.
  5. Use Upload a file to load a file from your computer's disk. Click on the Browse button to find the file and then click on the Upload this file button.
  6. Once that is done, click on Save changes to actually upload the file.
  7. Once you have the correct file loaded, click on the Save changes button. Your assignment interface will now show the name of the file you uploaded and, if the instructor has set the assignment to allow it, the Upload a file button will have changed to Update this file which allows you to replace the file with a new one.

Remember that Assignments pass information between you and the instructor. Uploaded assignment files are not visible to other students.

Log in Help for Family/Friends Accounts

Access Student Billing/Housing Information for Family and Friends

First, in order to see an Amherst student's financial and/or housing information, the student must first log in to ACData (link below) and grant account access to specific family/friends.

 

Resolve Adobe Acrobat Pro Error Messages

There are two common issues of Adobe Acrobat Pro error messages you may encounter when trying to use the software with College-owned computers. See our instructions of how to resolve these error messages.

Access a Department, Lab, Club, College or Student Organization Email Account

If your department, laboratory, student or College organization email account is an IT Support Services managed account, once you are given permission for the account, access it by using your web browser. See our instructions below.

If you are not sure what kind of email account you have, contact the IT Help Desk and we will let you know.

Internet Explorer Security Vulnerability Disable Shockwave Flash Object Plug-in

Internet Explorer currently has a serious security vulnerability. Stop using Internet Explorer until a security patch is available.

For Computers with Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, if you must use Internet Explorer to access trusted websites, disable the Shockwave Flash Object plug-in to improve the web browser security as much as possible. Disabling the plug-in will provide a little more security but the best practice is not to use Internet Explorer until the vulnerability has been resolved.

Employee Password Tips

To comply with Massachusetts law, the College requires all employees to change their Amherst password at least every year. You will be notified via email when your password is due to expire. The email will be signed by an Information Technology staff member and will contain no links but rather instructions on how to change your password.

Adium Instant Messaging (IM) Mac Computers

We recommend using Adium software for Macintosh computers for Instant Messaging (IM) to connect to the Amherst College Jabber server. Follow the instructions below to set up Adium Instant Messaging on a Mac.