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Informs and engages the UNB community on IT developments and news

Design the next myUNB Portal Banner

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Posted: April 28, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community, General Interest, Design Desk


Looking for a fun and creative way to leave your mark on UNB? Why not break out your artistic side and create a new design for the myUNB Portal banner! ITS wants your help sprucing up the myUNB Portal banner with some new designs. From flowers and trees, to cityscapes, to fun and funky patterns, we want you to get creative and come up with something wonderful that all your fellow UNB’ers will...

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Sending a calendar item as an email attachment in Outlook

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Posted: April 28, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, Tips and Tricks


Want to pass along an event that you have marked in your Outlook Calendar? You can send calendar items as email attachments to your friends, colleagues, and coworkers. What’s the difference between attaching a calendar item and creating an appointment with attendees? If you want to inform people of an event that is optional rather than mandatory to attend, sending a calendar item as an...

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US-CERT releases alert on ransomware

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Posted: April 28, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security Alerts, IT Security


Ransomware has been making waves in 2016, with popular strains such as Locky being used to target UNB and similar institutions. How does your computer get infected with ransomware? Ransomware often piggybacks off of other forms of malware that show up on your computer. For example, a type of malware that steals banking information may infect the device first, followed quickly by ransomware...

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Watch out for faulty Type-C USB cords when purchasing online

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Posted: April 28, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

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[caption id="" align="alignright" width="350"] USB Type-C - CNN Money[/caption] A new Type-C USB cord is beginning to replace the standard USB cord due to its faster charging capabilities. This new universal cord is also stated to be able to recognize what type of device is plugged into it to regulate how much power it draws from the power source. However, according to CNN, Google Engineer...

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Windows users advised to uninstall QuickTime as support from Apple comes to an end

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Posted: April 22, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security Alerts


Do you have the multimedia program QuickTime installed on your Windows computer? According to a recent report from Trend Micro, Apple is no longer supporting the Windows program, and as such, it should be uninstalled. Trend Micro also reported that QuickTime for Windows has two vulnerabilities that will remain unpatched. These vulnerabilities could allow cyber attackers to gain access to, and...

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Congratulations to Melissa Hannah for receiving NACCU s 2016 New Professional Award

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Posted: April 21, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community, IT Announcements


Earlier this week, UNB ITS’s very own Melissa Hannah was awarded the New Professional award for 2016 at the National Association of Campus Card Users (NACCU)’ annual conference, for going above and beyond in contributing to not only UNB’s UCard Program, but also to the international community of NACCU. This award recognizes the hard work that Melissa has put into UNB’s UCard program in a very...

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New tool by Bitdefender can unlock common ransomware

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Posted: April 21, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security


A free tool developed by Bitdefender is now available to clean up computers that had files encrypted by the fast-spreading ransomware, Locky. Bitdefender is an anti-virus software vendor that has been on the frontlines to help prevent malicious attacks, releasing a similar tool in November 2015 to unlock Cryptowall infections. Other anti-virus companies such as Kaspersky have also released...

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Superstore Student Discount changing on May 3 2016

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Posted: April 21, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community, General Interest


[caption id="" align="alignright" width="280"] Atlantic Superstore (Smythe St.) - Google Maps Street View[/caption] Do you shop at the Atlantic Superstore? Their student discount program is changing and it may impact your purchases. Beginning Tuesday, May 3, 2016, all Atlantic Superstore locations will be changing their student discount from 10% off purchases to 10% extra PC Rewards Points...

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UNB moves to block rtf files from external email senders

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Posted: April 21, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security, IT Announcements, Our Community


Due to a rapid increase in the amount of phishing emails and infected attachments, UNB has moved to block .rtf files, a format used by cybercriminals, on incoming emails to UNB. If you or someone you know needs to send a legitimate .rtf file to a UNB email from off-campus, please use UNB’s Secure File Drop. Although this change will prevent infected .rtf files from reaching UNB email inboxes,...

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Management Briefing - 2016-2017 Strategic IT Initiatives

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Posted: April 14, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Management Briefings


ITS and the Enterprise IT Advisory Committee are pleased to present the final list of approved 2016-2017 strategic IT initiatives. ITS has adopted Balanced Scorecard as its strategic planning methodology; this list is the result of an extensive process of review, consultation, identification of appropriate metrics, and revision. As with previous lists of strategic IT initiatives, we’ve aligned...

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5 Odd Questions with Chris Crawford

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Posted: April 13, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, Our Community


[caption id="" align="alignright" width="250"] Rocky - Chris's dog (nickgaines.com)[/caption] This month we bring you another edition of 5 Odd Questions, featuring Chris Crawford! We asked Chris what his role is in ITS: I am an Infrastructure Analyst/Technologist. I handle the cabling of the university, racking equipment, some switch maintenance and assist where I’m needed. Now for...

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It s CRA Tax Scam Season

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Posted: April 13, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security Alerts, General Interest


No, the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) isn’t actually trying to scam you. Cybercriminals, however, will try to steal your information by posting as the CRA during Tax season. With the ability to file your taxes online, many Canadians are expecting to receive an email from the CRA informing them of their assessment. Cybercriminals use this opportunity to send fake emails that notify the receiver...

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Tips to protect yourself and your device while banking on mobile

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Posted: April 13, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks, IT Security


Mobile banking can be a major convenience when you need to transfer money or pay bills when in a rush or on the go. Unfortunately, there are also risks that come with mobile banking, especially if your mobile device is not secured properly to defend against malware and other forms of cyberattacks. Visiting public Wi-Fi’s, running an outdated operating system, or using weak passwords can all...

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UCard Cash end-of-term reminder

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Posted: April 13, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community, General Interest


Do you have UCard Cash left over from the winter term? Worried that it won’t carry over to next year? Don’t be! Your UCard Cash is yours to spend when you want to. Unlike Meal Plan Cash, any UCard Cash you have left over in April will still be there when you return to classes in September, ready to be used at the various “UCard Accepted Here” locations. Sticking around UNB this summer? Make...

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Have your UCard ready for exams

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Posted: April 6, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, Our Community


With the last day of classes on Thursday, April 7, it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll need for exams if you haven’t already. Aside from bringing a pen, paper and maybe a calculator to your exams, there’s something else you don’t want to leave at home – your UCard! Professors will check your UCard to ensure the right person is taking the right exam. If you need a new UCard, stop by...

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Learn some easy life hacks for Microsoft Word

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Posted: April 6, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks


Do you want to learn the ins and outs of Microsoft Word, or just looking to brush up on your skills? With lifehacker.com, you can learn some new tips and tricks to make your Word document that much more impressive. Lifehacker starts you off with the basics using the Word 2016 Quick Start Guide, then walks you through using styles, adding references, formatting, and much more. You’ll even...

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Tips to secure your mobile device while travelling

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Posted: April 6, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, IT Security, Tips and Tricks


[caption id="" align="alignright" width="250"] www.pcworld.com[/caption] Have you ever wondered who else may be using a public Wi-Fi while you’re connected? While travelling, touring a city, or visiting your favourite restaurant, your device may connect (even automatically) to a free, public Wi-Fi. Cybercriminals often monitor high-traffic public Wi-Fi’s and target devices with low security...

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