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Informs and engages the UNB community on IT developments and news

Management Briefing - EDUCAUSE Top Ten IT Issues 2016

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Posted: February 26, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Management Briefings


Background EDUCAUSE is an international organization devoted to research and support of technology in higher education. For many years an expert panel of CIOs, researchers, and industry leaders has been convened annually by EDUCAUSE to examine technology issues, and to come up with a list of ten that have emerged as important to a very broad range of higher-ed users and practitioners. ITS...

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Final week to take the Student Tech Survey for your chance to WIN UCard Cash

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Posted: February 24, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: IT Announcements, Our Community


Students – only a few days remain to take our short Survey about your UNB IT Services for a chance to WIN 1-of-3 $50 UCard Cash prizes! Your feedback is important to us. Take the survey now and let us know what we can do to make the technology services we offer you at UNB even better. The survey is only available until this Friday, February 26, so be sure to complete it soon for your chance...

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Infected Word documents They re here and they re a serious threat

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Posted: February 24, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, IT Announcements, IT Security Alerts


Many experts have seen it as the inevitable when it comes to cyberattacks, but it is finally here. Ransomware-infected Word doc attachments are reaching users’ email inboxes and they’re difficult to recognize as being infected. The new malicious attack, dubbed “Locky”, tricks people twice to have their information held for ransom. First, they trick you into opening the word document. Secondly,...

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ITS E-Waste Recycling Program featured in UNB s Green Review

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Posted: February 24, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Our Community, General Interest, Projects


ITS’s Martin Hann has recently been featured in UNB Sustainability’s newest initiative, The Green Review, for ITS’s E-Waste Recycling program. The Green Review highlights people and projects throughout UNB that make a difference by reducing UNB’s carbon footprint. ITS’s E-Waste Recycling Program recycles UNB-owned equipment by either reusing what is useful or transferring what isn’t to their...

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Protect your devices update Adobe Reader to the latest version

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Posted: February 24, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, IT Announcements, Tips and Tricks


Have you checked Adobe Reader for updates recently? Cyber attackers are targeting devices with outdated software and browser plugins such as Adobe Reader, by tricking users into connecting to web servers hosting exploit kits to steal information and ultimately infect the devices. It can simply be done by a user clicking a malicious link. What is an Exploit Kit? An exploit kit is a system...

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A look back on UNB s Data Centre Renovations

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Posted: February 19, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: IT Announcements, Our Community, Projects


UNB’s primary Data Centre, located on the Fredericton campus, recently underwent a big transformation that turned it into a state-of-the-art facility to power UNB’s IT services for the next ten years. So how exactly did the Data Centre get to where it is today? The early stages of planning Back in April 2012, a Data Centre Solutions Company, BRUNS-PAK, provided a requirements analysis that...

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Looking for a quick way to talk to colleagues or classmates Skype for Business is your solution

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Posted: February 19, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


Need to hold a meeting, but can’t find any available rooms? Perhaps one of your group members are away from campus? UNB’s Skype for Business allows you to hold online meetings, complete with screen and file sharing, to make collaborating that much easier. You can use it to instant message, voice or video call anyone listed in the UNB directory, no matter where they are. Want to invite someone...

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Phishers using new bait in the latest wave of attacks

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Posted: February 19, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Geek Speak, IT Security, General Interest, Tips and Tricks


Cybercriminals are using new methods to hide their phishy links. In the latest phishing attacks hitting UNB, the attackers used shortened URLs such as Goo.gl, tinyURL, and bit.ly to mask their malicious sites from users who hover over the false links to see their true destination. Shortened URLs are redirection services, used to make links much smaller, primarily for when you’re trying to...

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Quick tip on saving Edited Word documents from email attachments

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Posted: February 19, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, Tips and Tricks


Have you ever quickly saved an edited Word document that started out as an email attachment? You may have noticed it’s not in the usual places like My Documents, or even Downloads. Where did it go? Outlook and other email services may save your edited work in a hidden, temporary folder if you do not choose an alternate location to save. This can cause a lot of aggravation if you cannot find...

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Google is fighting to protect you from deceptive download buttons

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Posted: February 10, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: IT Security, General Interest


Have you ever been the victim of a false download button? They pop up anywhere and everywhere. If you’re on Google Chrome, then your internet browsing just got a bit safer. As of February 3, 2016, Google Chrome now warns you if you’re about to visit a webpage with known deceptive download buttons that are trying to trick you into clicking them. If you visit a webpage with a deceptive...

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Has your iPhone been repaired by a non-Apple Technician? You may be in trouble after newest iOS update

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Posted: February 10, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, IT Security, TechSpeak in Translation


Thousands of iPhone users are being hit with Error 53 after the newest iOS update was released, which checks if your iPhone 6’s Touch ID sensor correctly matches the device’s other components. If your home button has been replaced by a non-Apple certified technician, your iPhone will likely receive Error 53 when you try to install the latest iOS 9 update. Have you received this...

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Students we want to hear from you Complete our short survey for a chance to win 50 UCard Cash

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Posted: February 10, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Our Community, IT Announcements


Do you use UNB IT Services such as wireless, computer labs, or the myUNB Portal? We want to hear from you and learn what we can do to make your experience with UNB’s IT services even better. Give us your feedback and ideas by completing our short survey. (And we do mean short – it takes less than 5 minutes to complete.) You’ll even have a chance to win one of three $50 UCard Cash...

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5 Odd Questions Krista Dixon

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Posted: February 4, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, Our Community


This month’s edition of tidBiTS’ 5 Odd Questions features one of ITS’ newest members, Krista Dixon! We asked Krista what her role is in ITS: I am the new Director of Financial Operations Now, for her 5 Odd Questions: 1. What’s the strangest talent you have? I can make a bubble within a bubble with chewing gum, my five year old thinks it’s pretty amazing. And I can hit a mean softball. 2. If...

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Cyberbullying becoming a growing concern at University It doesn t just end after High School

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Posted: February 4, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: IT Security, Our Community, Tips and Tricks


In today’s world, more and more children and young adults are falling victim to bullies over the internet. As social media finds new and faster ways to connect people, cyberbullies are able to take advantage and use social media to target individuals. It’s important to make sure you, and your children understand how to identify cyberbullying and address it before it has real life...

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UNB Data Centre Renovations now complete

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Posted: February 4, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: IT Announcements, Our Community, Projects


[caption id="" align="alignright" width="380"] Rob Blanchard Photo[/caption] ITS is pleased to announce the recent Grand Opening of UNB’s newly renovated Data Centre on February 2, 2016. The facility, which had been under construction since 2013, was officially reopened on Tuesday morning with a visit from UNB President Eddy Campbell. Located in Head Hall on the Fredericton campus, the...

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UNB making waves with Cyber Security strategy

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Posted: February 4, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Our Community, General Interest, IT Security, IT Announcements


[caption id="" align="alignright" width="350"] David Shipley, ITS Director of Strategic Initiatives[/caption] The internet is becoming an ever-increasing hostile environment for not just organizations, but people, too. More and more people are falling victim to phishing attacks, malware infections, and everything in between. UNB’s moves to address its cybersecurity risks through a new...

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