October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

When you start college, you’re taking on new responsibilities, making your own decisions and becoming part of the campus community.

This includes your online life as well.  There is an important role you play in ECU’s cyber security efforts that combines these elements of responsibility, decision-making and community.

When you log on to the campus network (or any network), your actions impact not only your devices and online persona but every other user who logs on as well.

By combining up-to-date security tools with good judgment, you and your college community are much less likely to encounter a security violation, loss of data or system problems.

How Can You Help?

During October, stay tuned for weekly tips you can implement easily and immediately to become a more secure ECU network citizen. 2015’s focus includes:

Keeping a Clean


·   Keep security software current

·   Automate software updates

·   Protect all devices that connect to the Internet

·   Plug/ scan USBs and other external devices

Protecting Personal


·   Secure your accounts

·   Make passwords long and strong

·   Practice unique account/unique password

·   Own your online presence

Connecting with Care

·   When in doubt, throw it out

·   Get savvy about WiFi hotspots

·   Protect your $$

Being Web Wise

·   Stay current with online safety

·   Think before you act

·   Back it up

Becoming a Good Online


·   Safer for me, more secure for all

·   Practice the golden rule for social media

·   Help authorities fight cyber crime


Office 365 ProPlus Gets Personal for Faculty and Staff

Just like students, faculty and staff now have an Office 365 ProPlus subscription that includes five Microsoft Office download licenses (full version) for five personal PC or Mac computers, five Office licenses for tablets plus mobile apps for smartphones.

For example, download Office to your Windows home desktop and your Mac laptop with three licenses left. Download the tablet version of Office to your iPad with four download licenses left for your other tablets.

Your license is active until retirement or you otherwise leave ECU. Retirees and non-employees are not eligible for ECU’s ProPlus license.

Office upgrades are now considered updates with no more installation disks or license codes—monthly updates ensure you always have the latest security and features.

Available Software

Mac: Lync, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word. Office version 2016 for Yosemite and 2011 for all other OS X users.

Windows: Access, Excel, InfoPath, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word, Skype for Business (can be used interchangeably with Lync). Office version 2013 for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1; 2010 for all other Windows OS users.

Downloads are full versions that work offline. However, users must connect to the Internet at least once every 30 days to verify their subscription. Otherwise, Office 365 ProPlus goes into reduced functionality mode. Once verified, full functionality is restored.

What about ECU-purchased computers?  There are two ways to update your ECU-owned computer to Office 2013 (Windows) or Office 2016 (Mac):  1) download the Microsoft Office suite from download.ecu.edu and install the upgrade yourself, 2) submit an IT service request to have Office 2013/2016 installed for you. Note that ECU Download Center software is for ECU-purchased systems only.

Get Started

Log in to https://pirate365.ecu.edu using your PirateID and passphrase.

Click the Settings icon on the right and then choose Office 365 settings. Manage the look, Office downloads and licenses from the convenient interface.

Where to Learn More

Visit the Office 365 website to learn details about your Office 365 subscription with links to troubleshooting and training.

Learn with Lynda.com

Log in to your Lynda.com account to access helpful Office instructional courses. Here are just a few:

Questions? Visit the IT Walk-in Help Desk on either campus or call the IT Help Desk at 252.328.9866 | 800.340.7081.