Mac Security Notice from IT@Sam – Action Required

SHSU Community,

It was determined today that if you are using a Mac computer with OSX 10.13, your computer can be exposed to a security vulnerability. This will mostly impact personal and unmanaged SHSU devices. Those Mac workstations managed on the SHSU network will not be affected. This does NOT affect iPads and iPhones, just laptops and workstations.

This vulnerability allows a person to log in as the “root” account. The “root” account is an administrator account on the computer and can make any changes to the operating system. There is a resolution to this issue and IT@Sam highly recommends following the procedures to correct the issue.

To determine if you have the affected OSX version, complete the following steps:

  1. Click the Apple at the top left of the screen
  2. Click “About this Mac”

If you do have OSX 10.13, you can correct the issue by following these steps:

1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Users & Groups (or Accounts).



2. Click 3, then enter an administrator name and password.

3. Click Login Options.

4. Click Join (or Edit).


5. Click Open Directory Utility

6. Click 3 in the Directory Utility window, then enter an administrator name and password.

7. From the menu bar in Directory Utility, choose Edit > Enable Root User, then enter a strong unique password for the root user.



If you have trouble, please contact the IT@Sam Service Desk as soon as possible.

Windows 10 – Action Center

The Action Center, also known as Notification area, is the location for system and app notifications and provides quick access to a variety of settings. The notification icon changes color or displays a number, depending on the type and app, for new notification. To view the notifications, click on the icon and the notifications will display. Depending on the type of notification, an action may be needed to clear the notification.


Windows 10 – Edge Web Notes

CreateWebNotesEdge Web Notes allows the user to write, highlight, doodle, or draw on website and then save the site with the notes. To create a Web Note, select the Web Note icon in the upper right corner of Edge (next to the Hub). To exit Web Notes view, select Exit in the upper right corner of Edge.

Edge will display a new tab with the various tools for Web Notes. Once finished making notes, the Web Notes can be saved to Favorites or the Reading List using the Save feature. The Web Note can also be shared through various apps if the app in installed.


Web Notes can also take a screen shot of a portion of a website using the Clip tool. When the selection is made, Edge automatically copies the clipping to be pasted elsewhere.