Category: Technology

Free Technology for Students: Microsoft ProPlus and Blackboard App

By , January 20, 2015 11:21 am

Mobile AppsCurrently enrolled UMKC students can download, install, and use Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus applications on desktop and laptop computers, free of charge, as part of the Microsoft Student Advantage program.  These applications are the same versions as boxed software available for purchase in stores and include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, and Outlook (Macintosh users can download Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).  The software is available for download within your UMKC O365 student email account and can be installed on up to five devices.  More information on this benefit, including instructions and FAQs, can be found on the UMKC Information Services website.

BlackBoard recently made a change that allows students, faculty, and staff to utilize the BlackBoard Mobile Learn app for free.  This app allows students to see a phone optimized view of the material in Blackboard for each class.  More information can be found in the iTunes store.

Beware of Scams Targeting University Students, Faculty and Staff

By , January 20, 2015 11:19 am

cybercrimeThe Federal Bureau of Investigation and other authorities are warning universities of computer-based scams that target students, faculty and staff.

While cybercrime has long been a problem and many users take reasonable precautions, some of the latest scams are highly deceptive and sophisticated, and all campus users are urged to make themselves familiar with these techniques.

If you believe your financial accounts have been compromised, contact your financial institution and close your accounts.  Change passwords, and don’t use similar passwords.  Report the attack to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov.

For years, universities have been targeted by phishing campaigns designed to steal credentials.  These have often included sending spam from compromised email accounts and sending emails that mimic official correspondence but ask the recipient to verify their account information.

College students across the U.S. have been targeted to participate in work-from-home scams. Students have been receiving emails to their school accounts recruiting them for positions with fictitious companies or persons.

How the scam works: The student is asked to provide his/her bank account credentials under the guise of setting up direct deposit for his/her pay. The student will be directed to withdraw funds from the account and send a portion of the deposit, via wire transfer, to other individuals involved in the scam.  In some cases, the scammers will add the student’s bank account to a victim employee’s direct deposit information to redirect the victim’s payroll deposit to the student’s account.  In other cases, the student will be asked to deposit a check in advance.

Consequences:

  • The student’s bank account will be identified by law enforcement as being involved in the fraud.
  • Without the student’s participation, the scam could not be perpetrated so he/she facilitated the theft.
  • The student could be arrested and prosecuted in federal court. A criminal record will stay with the student for the rest of his/her life and will have to be divulged on future job applications, which could prevent the student from being hired.
  • The student’s bank account might be closed due to fraudulent activity and a report could be filed by the bank.
  • This could adversely affect the student’s credit record.

How to protect yourself and others:

  • If a job offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Never accept a job that requires the depositing of funds into your account and wiring them to different accounts.
  • Look for poor use of the English language in emails such as incorrect grammar, capitalization and tenses. Many of the scammers who send these messages are not native English speakers.
  • Never provide credentials of any kind such as bank account information, login names, passwords or any other identifying information in response to a recruitment email.
  • Forward any suspicious emails to the university’s IT personnel by going to: Outlook, click on the three dots at the bottom left and select folders. On the left side click on Public Folders. Click on All Public Folders. Click on Kansas City. Move e-mail to Spam Reports folder.
  • Tell your friends to be on the lookout for the scam.

Save on all your technology needs at the UMKC Bookstores

By , November 11, 2014 10:00 am

TechDid you know you can get educational discounts and pricing on the latest technology at the UMKC Bookstores?  Visit today for more information!

Graduating students–act now to get your discount before you graduate in December.

Microsoft Office ProPlus available to enrolled students for FREE!

By , May 13, 2014 4:50 pm

MS O365Microsoft Office ProPlus – Now available for students at no cost!
UMKC enrolled students are now eligible for a free copy of MS Office ProPlus.  MS Office ProPlus is a subscription service for Microsoft Office that includes all of the Office applications: Word, Power Point Excel, Publisher, etc.  Its advantage over a traditional desktop version of Office is that it can be installed on up to five devices.

The software will be available for download in your Office 365 student email account beginning May 20th. Simply login to O365 and click on the Gear icon to download.  Learn more by visiting www.umkc.edu/is/webmail/live/o365proplusfaq.asp.

New Schedule Planner in Pathway

By , April 30, 2014 9:16 am

PathwayRegistration and Records is happy to announce the release of the Schedule Planner tool in Pathway.

Schedule Planner is a web-based application accessible from Pathway that allows students and academic advisers to generate optimized variations of class schedules, taking into account the student’s desired breaks and schedule conflicts as well as course availability.

Schedule Planner

 

Once the optimal class schedule has been created, Schedule Planner will integrate seamlessly with the enrollment shopping cart at registration time.

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Advisors will be able to spend more time helping students choose which courses to take and not the individual times to take them. The tool provide enhanced service to students by providing the best schedule shopping experience.

Schedule Planner provides a quick and easy way to prepare for advising and registration by generating optimized variations of class sections and taking into account the student’s non-academic activities, such as work or athletics. Students can also create alternate schedules as a “Plan B” if their first choice isn’t available at registration time due to closed or filled classes.

Instructions for students and advisors as well as a YouTube video can be found on the Registration and Records Office website under Adding Classes.

Beware Email Scams

By , April 15, 2014 7:57 pm

alertCollege students are often targeted for email scams which attempt to trick email users into providing sensitive personal information, such as bank account numbers, social security numbers, credit card numbers, or account passwords.  Please be aware that scammers can use any name or email address in the “From” or “Subject” field to make the email appear official.  UMKC will never ask for sensitive information via email.

Examples of scams include:

  • Job Scams, with the intent to get your personal information
  • Check scams, where they send a check  and ask for a portion of the money to be returned
  • Secret Shopper Scams, similar to check scams, but they may ask you to send them merchandise, and send you checks that bounce
  • Fake password expiration or account upgrade scams, with intent of stealing a user account.  These accounts are then used to steal other email addresses at an organization, or used to relay one of the above scams to other people

Some tips to avoid fraud:

  • When someone randomly sends you an e-mail asking you to receive a check and forward part of the funds to another account, it is typically fraud.  The victim of such a scam is generally liable for any funds received in this way.
  • Do your research on the person or company before accepting a job or a check from them, especially if the contact is unsolicited.  Contact UMKC Career Services if you have any questions.
  • Consult your banker or parents before answering any e-mail or cashing any checks if you don’t know who sent it.
  • Change your passwords frequently and ensure they are of sufficient complexity.

Always keep in mind:  if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is!  Be wary when someone offers you money and be sure you check with trusted mentors before you accept anything.  Nobody sends “free” money and random job offers are usually fraudulent.  If you have any questions, please contact the UMKC Computer Helpdesk at 816-235-2000.

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