Did you know all NOVA faculty, staff, and students have access to 30GB of storage space on your Google Drive? This is particularly important to know since NOVA’s IT department recently blocked all incoming e-mail containing compressed (Zip) files and executable attachments. Using your Google Drive is a good alternative way to transfer large and executable files.
Your Google Drive is accessed through your VCCS email address. An example of that is: email@example.com. We all have one, so if you don’t know yours, or don’t know your password, contact the IT department.
For those blog readers who are not faculty, staff, or students of NOVA, this is useful for you to know too. The only difference is you can access your Google Drive through a normal G-mail account. A normal G-mail account gives access to only 15GB of space, but that is still plenty.
Please click here for your PDF print out with step-by-step instructions on how to access and use your Google Drive.
We’ve been getting a lot of alerts from the IT Department recently about spam emails and malware, and the FTC has just released some useful information about hacked email and social media. Check it out!
Well, it’s taken me nearly the entire month (it gets kinda busy around here at the beginning of the semester, as it turns out) but welcome back everyone and I hope you had a nice relaxing break! Today’s post will reflect my mental state, in that it will be disorganized and touch on only loosely related subjects.
1) Spam email. NOVA’s IT has been working overtime to advise us about the many dud emails showing up in our boxes. This is called “Phishing” and is something I covered in this blog a few months ago. Here is the link to that post: http://blogs.nvcc.edu/fsrc/?p=84. If you’re not feeling up to another post, here’s my helpful checklist for spam emails:
If someone asks for personal information via email, do not email it to them. If you think it might be a real request and it’s from a business, call. Even if it’s from your friend, call. Like, on the phone.
If there are typos or bad grammar in the email, that is a big red flag indicating it may be a scam email.
Just because there’s a company logo in the email or you click on a link that takes you to a website, doesn’t mean it really comes from that company. Just because the email address looks like it comes from a legitimate business doesn’t mean it does. All of these things can be easily faked in an email.
Be suspicious of generic greetings like “Dear Customer”.
Most businesses will not threaten to close down an account if you don’t provide them with personal information. They WANT you to keep your account!
If it sounds too good to be true, it is.
If you feel weird about an email, even if you don’t know why, trust your instincts and don’t reply. Better safe than sorry!