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  • Google Docs phishing attack
    Please be on the lookout for a Google Docs phishing email. The email invites you to collaborate in a Google Doc with the click of a link.

    "When you click the link, you go to Google’s real login page. The problem is that after you’ve entered your password there, you’re redirected to a malicious third-party site. (In my case, it would have been “googledocs.docscloud.info,” which is not a Google site.) This page asks you to grant it permission to access your email account.

    If users don’t realize they’ve been redirected to a non-Google site, they inadvertently give hackers the ability to read their emails and send out emails on their behalf. Malicious software then accesses a user’s address book and sends out more phishing emails to all the victims, repeating the cycle."

    Including this part of the article:

    What to do if you fall prey to the attack

    Hopefully you read this article before you fell prey to the Google Docs phishing scam. But what should you do if you’re coming to this article after you’ve already clicked the link and granted permission to the malicious software?

    It never hurts to change your password, but experts say that won’t help in this case. Rather, what you need to do is revoke the permissions you unknowingly gave the malicious app to your account. To do that, go to the Google app permission page and look for the app called “Google Docs” — it’s not the real Google Docs. Click on that app and then click “Remove.”

    Posted May 3, 2017, 3:20 PM by Ken Gribble
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SSG Graduate Student Presentation 2017

posted Sep 26, 2017, 2:07 PM by Ken Gribble   [ updated Sep 26, 2017, 2:08 PM ]


Thanks to everyone for being there!

2017 Asset Management in Computer Science

posted Jan 23, 2017, 3:58 PM by Ken Gribble   [ updated May 3, 2017, 3:18 PM ]


In the early months of 2017 the Systems Support Group (SSG) will collect information on all CS assets. This includes all devices purchased by CS that can connect to a network. 

For all systems running the Windows or Mac OS, the SSG would like to install BigFix software. BigFix will deliver information regularly and accurately to our Asset Management Software.

If you have a Linux system or do not want us to install BigFix then we will collect the following information manually:

  • Serial Numbers
  • PI or Owner Name
  • PI or Owner Phone Number
  • PI or Owner Email
  • MAC Address
  • OS
  • NAM
  • Room number
  • Where your work data is stored
  • Backup Solution used

We will be using student staff to collect this information -- they will be contacting you soon to coordinate a meeting to discuss installing BigFix and tracking all CS assets you or your team is using.

If you have any questions or comments please email support@cs.ucdavis.edu.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.


For more information about BigFix: goo.gl/47xWm3
Official hallway announcement: https://goo.gl/9mtyMJ 
Official email announcement: https://goo.gl/Kob5h0

LaTeX in Google Docs

posted Apr 25, 2016, 11:37 AM by Ken Gribble

Did you know that Google Docs can do high-quality LaTeX rendered images? 

This page will explain how to get started in adding LaTeX rendered images into your Google Docs:

SSG Graduate Student Presentation 2015

posted Sep 21, 2015, 4:58 PM by Ken Gribble


Campus and CS Wireless Service Changes

posted Jun 5, 2015, 9:41 AM by Ken Gribble   [ updated Jun 5, 2015, 12:00 PM ]

Because MoobilenetX will be depreciated in the near future, the Computer Science department now advises eduroam* for wireless needs. Choose your OS from the Campus Wireless Access page, and then use the eduroam instructions.

The wireless networks on campus support most wireless devices (802.11 a/b/g/n) and are available to all UC Davis computing account holdersUC Davis Guests, sponsored guests, and Eduroam account holders.


*eduroam

eduroam (education roaming) is the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community.

Having started in Europe, eduroam has gained momentum throughout the research and education community and is now available in 74 territories.

eduroam allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions by simply opening their laptop.

SSG Graduate Student Presentation 2014

posted Sep 29, 2014, 1:51 PM by Ken Gribble   [ updated Sep 29, 2014, 2:01 PM ]

Thanks to everyone who listened!

Appointment Slots in Google Calendar

posted Sep 16, 2014, 11:43 AM by Ken Gribble

Did you know you can make appointment slots in Google Calendar? 

The appointment slots feature lets you set one period of time on your calendar, divided into available time slots for people to reserve. For instance, professors or staff can have their students reserve time during office hours each week. These appointment calendars can also be shared on the web.

Here's a video that explains how to create and reserve appointment slots.



UC Davis Wireless Certificate Update (September 2014)

posted Sep 2, 2014, 9:58 AM by Ken Gribble   [ updated Sep 2, 2014, 3:20 PM ]

The UC Davis wireless networks, MoobileNetX and ResNetX, have updated security certificates. Because of this change, 
UC Davis wireless network users may be prompted to accept a new certificate.

Please see this UC Davis IT Knowledge Base article for details:  UC Davis Wireless Certificate Update (September 2014)


If you are currently not using MoobileNetX, and are instead using MoobileNet, now's a good time to try it. MoobileNetX employs an encryption for authentication (802.1x). It also means you won't have to login every time you need to use wireless on campus.

For more information about MoobileNetX, click here.

Microsoft Home Use Program Now Available

posted Aug 12, 2014, 3:51 PM by Ken Gribble

Microsoft’s Office Home Use Program (HUP) is now available for departments that participate in the Microsoft UC-MCCA software leasing program (which includes all primary Engineering departments, including Computer Science). You are now eligible to participate in Microsoft's Software Assurance Home Use Program (HUP). This program enables you to get a licensed copy of Microsoft Office for desktop PC to install and use on your personally-owned home computer.

Under the Home Use Program, you and our other employees who are users of qualifying applications at work (e.g. Office Enterprise) may acquire a licensed copy of the corresponding Home Use Program software (e.g. Office Enterprise) to install and use on a home computer. You may continue using HUP software while you are under our employment and as long as the corresponding software you use at work has active Software Assurance coverage.

For more information, see the CoE IT Shared Services new COE Software Site

Windows XP is no longer safe enough to use

posted Jun 19, 2014, 10:47 AM by Ken Gribble

Microsoft stopped maintaining the 13-year-old operating system software on April 8, 2014. 

That means XP is no longer secure enough to use on the UC Davis network—or to use online, period. If you still use XP, you need to move to a newer operating system.

UC Davis policy prohibits use of unsupported OS or application software on machines that connect to the campus network. Unmaintained software is a common entry point for viruses and malware, which can then spread to other UC Davis computers.

See the UC Davis Windows XP Security page for more information.

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