tidBiTS
Informs and engages the UNB community on IT developments and news

Don t forget November 29 is the last day to submit your ideas for the Student Technology Fee

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Posted: November 26, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Our Community, IT Announcements


Students, want to have a say in how your Student Technology Fee is spent? Make a suggestion by November 29: 1. Visit the Student Technology Fee website 2. Click on ‘Submit your ideas: Students’. 3. Type in your suggestion. 4. Click ‘Submit Request Form’. If you spend a lot of time on campus or frequently use your UNB IT services, you’ve likely benefitted from projects funded by the...

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It s Black Friday at the Card Office

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Posted: November 26, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Our Community, General Interest


On Friday, November 27, the Card Office will be offering UCard merchandise at 30% off of our regular retail prices. This includes UCard lanyards, grippers and our popular smart wallets. If there is something that you have been eyeing or would like to purchase as a gift for someone, Friday is the perfect day to stop by and see what we have to offer. Payment can be made with cash, debit, credit,...

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New phishing scam making waves at UNB pretending to be a faculty member

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Posted: November 26, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Our Community, IT Security Alerts, General Interest


A suspicious email has been spotted by UNB students, faculty and staff, pretending to be from a faculty or staff member on vacation who is stranded and in need of money urgently. In some cases, these emails come from fake email addresses disguised to look like legitimate emails from the faculty or staff member, while other times they are sent from actual UNB email accounts that have been...

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New Remote Access Tool being used maliciously on Android Windows and OS X

ITS

Posted: November 26, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: IT Security Alerts, General Interest


Cybercriminals are turning to a new remote access tool and using creative text messages to slip it onto unsuspecting users’ devices. Though the new software, called OmniRAT, can be used for legitimate purposes, it is also being used to spy on users and even hijack their Android, Windows, and Mac OS X devices. Users are receiving a text message telling them a multimedia message cannot be...

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Students - what do you think of your UNB IT Services Complete a short survey and let us know

ITS

Posted: November 26, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: IT Announcements, General Interest, Our Community


Do you use wireless, computer labs, the myUNB Portal, or other UNB IT services? ITS, in collaboration with Info-Tech Research Group, has developed a short survey for you to let us know what you think of the Technology Services we offer you at UNB. Give us your feedback and ideas on how we can make your IT services even better – take the survey now. Note: You will be asked to provide your...

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5 Odd Questions Heather Brideau

ITS

Posted: November 19, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Our Community, General Interest


[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] Great Barrier Reef in Australia[/caption] We ask Heather what her role in ITS is: I am a Client Support Analyst working at the Help Desk and the Level 1 for the Faculty of Business Administration. Now, for Heather’s 5 Odd Questions: 1. What is a talent we might not know about you? I love to sing!  I sang for the Pope in Saint John’s Nfld in the...

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Avoid Copyright Infringement and Malware Stop downloading illegally

ITS

Posted: November 19, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, Our Community, IT Security


When you illegally download music, movies, or even software on a UNB computer, you’re not just breaking the law and jeopardizing yourself and UNB – you’re also jeopardizing your device’s security. Many third party websites that offer software and media for free are also bundling those products with malicious software without you even knowing. Your “free” movie may cost you online credentials,...

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New Electronics Waste Management Program coming to New Brunswick in 2016

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Posted: November 19, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Our Community, General Interest


Are you wondering what to do with old electronics? Don’t want to put them in the garbage? Coming in the fall of 2016, the New Brunswick government will be starting an electronics recycling program to help prevent old electronics from ending up in the landfill. Once the program is in place, anyone in New Brunswick, regardless of where you are, will have a location to drop off old electronics to...

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Student Technology Fee How do you want it spent

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Posted: November 19, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Our Community, IT Announcements


Students – Did you know you can have a say in how your Student Technology fee is spent?  Make a suggestion: 1. Visit the Student Technology Fee website 2. Click on ‘Suggest a Project – Students’. 3. Type in your suggestion. 4. Click ‘Submit’. The Student Technology Fee is a fee paid by every student attending UNBF that is put towards maintaining and improving information technology...

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UCard Double Your Deposit Contest is BACK

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Posted: November 19, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Our Community, General Interest


Students - looking for a chance to win some money on your UCard? You're in luck. Double Your Deposit is back! Between November 16 and December 6, 2015, any student UCard holder who deposits money on their UCard will be automatically entered for a chance to double their deposit. During the contest, one random winner will be drawn each week (Monday to Sunday) to double their deposit up to a...

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Management Briefing - IT technical excellence illustrated

ITS

Posted: November 12, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Management Briefings


ITS recently published a new Infographic highlighting metrics related to recent notable and successful ITinitiatives. Infographics are a great way to impart a lot of information concisely and in an attractive format,but they necessarily skimp on details that might be of general interest. This briefing note gives a bit ofbackground on the projects and services featured this time...

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Cybercriminals are phishing for your Apple ID

ITS

Posted: November 10, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, IT Security Alerts


Have you received a suspicious email lately that looks like it came from Apple? Don’t be fooled by the “legitimate” Apple logos. A new phishing email is targeting Apple customers worldwide, with a message that notifies them of limitations that have been put onto their account as part of Apple’s security process. The message also ensures the recipient that “our aim is purely to protect you and...

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Protect your computer from Malware and avoid the loss of data

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Posted: November 10, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, IT Security


One of the most destructive malicious software around is called ransomware – an infection that locks you out of your own files when it sneaks onto your computer. Once locked, it demands a ransom to be paid to regain access. If you choose not to pay the ransom, you will lose any files that are locked. One such ransomware is on the rise, targeting websites hosted on Linux operating systems....

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Reminder to students faculty and staff - UCard Cash does not expire at the end of the fall term

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Posted: November 10, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest


With the end of term fast approaching, the Card Office would like to advise students, faculty and staff that funds in their  UCard Cash accounts will not expire at the end of fall term, 2015. Funds in this account will carry over to the New Year. If you are in a pinch and need some funds to get you through until the end of term, parents, friends and relatives can add money to your UCard with...

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Issues causing IT service outage Nov 5 2015

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Posted: November 6, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Our Community, IT Announcements


On Thursday, November 5, ITS experienced a construction-related incident in our main data centre which cut off power to our entire IT infrastructure. This resulted in an abrupt outage of most UNB IT services. There was no damage, and no one was hurt, even though the effect was immediate and profound. All UNB IT services that were unavailable as a result of the incident have since been...

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Check your VoIP voicemail from anywhere

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Posted: November 5, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, Tips and Tricks


Need to access your VoIP voicemail, but aren’t at your desk? There are two ways you can do so with ease: Access your voicemail from another VoIP phone: Dial the last four digits of your VoIP phone number. Wait for it to go to voicemail, then press the ( * ) key and enter your PIN. Access your voicemail from off-campus: Dial your 7 digit VoIP phone number. Wait for it to go to voicemail, then...

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Cyber Criminals finding new ways to slip malware on to apps for iPhones and iPads

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Posted: November 5, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, IT Security


iPhones and iPads may be known for being more secure than Androids, but that doesn’t mean they are 100% safe from security threats. Although Apple has a very strict process that applications must pass before being published to the App Store, cyber criminals are continuously developing new methods to slip through the security cracks. Just recently, CBC reported that developers based in China,...

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Get the latest tidBiTS right from the myUNB Portal

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Posted: November 5, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, Our Community


Did you know? You can catch the latest tidBITS in the myUNB Portal. In the News block, click the TIDBITS tab to see the latest posts. By clicking on the title of a post, you can see the first part of the article. Click Continue Reading to see the full story. Want to get notified as soon as tidBiTS is posted? You can subscribe to the tidBiTS RSS feed in IE and Firefox. Simply click the Blog...

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Fake Email being sent to UNB students faculty and staff claiming to come from the Microsoft Outlook Team

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Posted: November 2, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: IT Security Alerts, General Interest, IT Announcements


Recently there was a phishing email sent to UNB students, faculty, and staff notifying them of a change in their calendar, pretending to be sent from the Microsoft Outlook Team. If you have received an email like this with a request to click a link within the email, please do not respond or click any links and delete the email immediately. This is a phishing attempt to steal your information,...

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