February 2014 Newsletter

Hamilton College

February 2014

In this Newsletter:

From the Editor

Library and Information Technology Services

Is This Email Phishing for Information?

Report Spam and Phishing to Google

CrashPlan Computer Backup

Sharing links to Google Drive/Docs

Web Editing Class Schedule

ITS Newsletter Archives

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From the Editor - Maureen Scoones

What would you do if your hard drive crashed tomorrow? Are your files backed up, i.e. stored in another location? If you answer the first question with cry or swear, and the second question with no, please read Ryan Coyle's article about a new backup service we will be launching.

Also in this issue, tips to help you identify phishing and spam messages and action you can take to lessen the number of these messages in your inbox.

Library and Information Technology Services
- Dave Smallen

Thank you to faculty, staff, and students who completed the short national survey about the services offered by the Library and Information Technology Services (LITS) at Hamilton. More than 35 national liberal arts colleges are participating this year (http://www.misosurvey.org).

The results of this survey will help us know what services are most important to you, what areas of our service need improvement, and ways we can best meet your Library and Information Technology needs. We will also be able to compare our library and IT services with many of our peer institutions.

If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact Maureen Scoones at mscoones@hamilton.edu.

Is This Email Phishing for Information?
- Maureen Scoones
Unfortunately, phishing messages seem to be a daily occurrence. A phishing email is a message that tries to trick you into entering personal information (e.g., username and password, bank information, SSN, etc.) into a fake website. How can you tell if an email message is real or fake? More...
Report Spam and Phishing to Google
- Ben Thomas

As you know, Hamilton's email system is powered by Google. Spam filters are set up by Google to automatically divert messages that are suspected of being unwanted into your Spam folder. Over time, you can help make these filters become more adept at identifying Spam/phishing by flagging the messages that slip through into your Inbox. More ...

CrashPlan Computer Backup - Ryan Coyle
For the most part, people know that they should be backing up their computers. Yes, computer hard drives can and do fail, and an up-to-date backup will ensure the experience is nothing more than a minor inconvenience. But how should you back up your computer files? How do you protect against the loss of data? More...
Sharing links to Google Drive/Docs - Nikki Reynolds

Tip: For best results when sharing a Google Drive document link:

Don't: copy and paste the link from the browser URL bar while you have it open;

Do: copy and paste the "share" link from within the document: While reading or editing the document, click the Google Drive "File" menu; Click "Share"; Copy the URL at the top of the "Share" dialog box. More ...

Web Editing Class Schedule - Maureen Scoones

SiteManager classes and working sessions continue to be offered. Whether creating a page for your administrative office, academic department, student organization, or your own professional page, SiteManager, Hamilton's own web editing tool, can be used to create your web presence. Please contact mscoones@hamilton.edu to setup an appointment.

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