For the past several years, Sam Houston State University has used the Windows 7 operating system for PCs. Windows workstations are scheduled for an upgrade to Windows 10, beginning in May (after the conclusion of the Spring 2017 semester).
The look and feel for Windows 10 will be different, but most functionality will already be familiar to you. Some of the improvements include:
- A more interactive Start Menu. Users will continue to see lists of software and files, but alongside them will be Live Tiles of apps. These can be changed for apps used more frequently, making life a little easier than in Windows 7.
- As with Windows 7, users can search by clicking on the Start Button.
- Edge is the default browser in Windows 10. It features a clean look with a tidy area called the Hub to keep the things collected on the web – including favorites, reading lists, browsing history, and current downloads.
Stay tuned to future IT@Sam Newsletters or the Windows 10 project website for a peak at these improvements and updates to the timeline. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Service Desk.
Many people received an e-mail today claiming to be an e-mail account verification message. The link included in the message was directed to a malicious site that requests your username and password. The e-mail had a subject of “IT@Sam Service Desk” and looked like the example below.
The malicious site appears to be removed, however out of the abundance of caution IT Security has also blocked the site from being accessed from campus and has blocked all further e-mails from being delivered. If you still have an e-mail in your inbox like the one described, please delete it with no further action.
Please take this opportunity to review some of the tell-tale signs that an e-mail is a phishing attempt. In this case, here are some of the signs:
- The message above appeared to be from firstname.lastname@example.org, upon closer look, you can see that it was actually from “email@example.com.”
- The url given is https://www.shsu.edu, but hovering over the link shows that it actually goes to http://www.humecement.com.my/5s_v1/shsu/aspx.htm.
- The phrasing and subject line is a bit off. We would not use the name of a university service unit as the subject of the e-mail. The subject would contain insight into the contents of the message.
Please contact the Service Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or (936) 294-1950 should you have any questions or concerns.
The planned network maintenance scheduled for this morning has completed and was successful. We again thank you for your patience.
On Friday, March 3, beginning at 11pm, and concluding Saturday, March 4, at 6am, maintenance will be performed on the network as a follow up from last week’s outages. This maintenance could cause several momentary (2-5 minutes) service outages. We encourage you to keep this maintenance in mind if you plan to work or have assignments due near this maintenance window.
IT@Sam Service Desk
Academic Building I, Room 145
Sam Houston State University
We have experienced an issue with the campus network this weekend that has caused service outages. We have identified the issue and are working to permanently resolve it prior to Monday morning. This work may cause additional brief network outages while we resolve the problem.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.
IT@Sam Service Desk
Academic Building I, Room 147