Thursday, February 22, 2018
Office 365 productivity tools launched
Our Office 365 subscriptions just keep getting better and better! On February 19th, ITCS launched four important apps that make any project, whether it’s a group assignment or committee presentation, far more organized, informed and professional than ever before.
Teams. Bring your project group together in one work space through the Teams app. Features include private or team text conversations, video and audio conferencing, file storage, OneNote and Planner project tools. Everything your team needs in one place.
Planner. Organize your project into “buckets,” set deadlines and assign tasks to keep everything on track. See the Microsoft Planner page to learn about all its features, then use the Lynda.com training course to learn how your project group can benefit.
Forms. Create and distribute polls, quizzes and surveys. As results are submitted, use the built-in analytics to evaluate your data. Exporting to Excel also available.
Please note: Forms is a lightweight app to collect feedback and is subject to the same terms and conditions regulating ECU’s survey tools, Qualtrics and REDCap. See the Forms page to read the terms and conditions and learn how Forms works.
Sway. Create image-rich, multimedia presentations using existing documents or from scratch. Embed video, audio, maps, documents and photos – Sway walks you through the process for reports, newsletters, projects and more. Add a password and share the link to your creations stored on the Sway website.
Log in to pirate365.ecu.edu and click the app launcher icon to access these and other Microsoft productivity apps.
Vishing – New Name for an Old Problem
Protect your information at home and at work
Vishing, or voice phishing, is a scam that occurs over the phone. Most often, you receive a phone call from someone giving a fictitious name who attempts to trick you into revealing personal or financial information. This information is then used for identity theft, financial fraud or other criminal activity. However, as the saying goes, “forewarned is forearmed,” and learning to recognize a vishing phone call is one more weapon in your IT security arsenal.
Learn to catch a vish
Vishers (scammers) may offer non-existent, extravagant prizes, products or services to lure you in and then request your credit card number or other personal information to cover “associated fees” or the like.
Other common examples include:
- Offers from a company with which you’ve never done business.
- Offers from a business of which you’ve never heard.
- An announcement that you have won a prize in a contest you did not enter.
- Promises of unrealistic returns for your money.
- Pressure to make immediate decisions to give the caller:
- Financial account information
- Personal information
- ECU information, including coworker names, contact or personal information
- Threats of consequences—such as fines or penalties.
- Unprofessional, hostile or even obscene language.
- Unsolicited calls offering to help you with debt, unpaid taxes or previous cases of fraud.
You can learn more about these and other signs of a scam from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) phone scam page.
Protect your information
- If suspicious of a caller, ask him for a name and number. Advise him you will call back. Then, find the organization’s number on an official website and try to contact the person. If the caller refuses to provide this information or is persistent in asking you for information, advise him that you will not assist and disconnect the call.
- Do not pay fees for prizes or rewards offered by phone.
- The IRS will never ask for debit or credit card numbers by phone or demand immediate payment using specific methods like prepaid gift cards, debit cards or wire transfers. The IRS will generally contact you first via U.S. Mail.
- Do not send money or give out personal information (such as credit card numbers and expiration dates, bank account numbers, dates of birth, or Social Security numbers) in response to unsolicited phone calls from unfamiliar companies or unknown persons.
- Don’t trust caller ID. Phone numbers and caller identities can be faked. There have been reports of forged phone numbers from government offices, businesses and institutions.
- Follow this guidance from the FTC:
If you receive what you suspect to be a Vish or believe you have given out university information to a scammer over the phone, please report this to the IT Help Desk 252.328.9866 | 800.340.7081.
March IT Training
Register through Cornerstone
|CommonSpot Beginner Training
Wednesday, March 21
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Creating Accessible Content for Instruction
iWebfolio E-Portfolio Training
SabaMeeting Virtual Classroom
Thursday, March 22
|University Writing Portfolio Orientation
Monday, March 12
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Joyner East 204
Wednesday, March 21
WordPress Official Website Training
Tuesday, March 27