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Anzac service on campus – pedestrian friendly

From this week you will see concrete bollards placed around the centre of campus. This is in preparation for the UCSA Anzac Day service on 25 April.

Placement of the bollards will restrict and reduce the level of vehicle movements in the heart of campus making it a more pedestrian-friendly area. If you skateboard, cycle or scooter around campus please take care around the new barriers, reduce your speed and be considerate of pedestrians and each other.

Bollards will be placed on access footpaths into Matariki Quad and at both ends of the path that runs between C Block and Undercroft.

Read more about the Anzac Day service here>

Planned outage for data storage improvements this weekend

From Friday 12 April 9.30pm until Sunday 14 April 5pm a data storage migration will take place. During this time you will not be able to use any UC supplied computer.

This planned storage outage is necessary to replace the storage environment currently in place at UC. During this outage access to your files from university devices will not be available.

What will the benefits be?

Improved performance, reliability and larger storage allowance on our network for students and staff. You will experience no change on how you currently access your network drives.

How to manage activities during the outage

  • Remote access will be disabled during the outage period.
  • Services such as the RecCentre and Security will continue to operate as usual.
  • The Library will remain open providing a place to study and reference reading. Books cannot be checked out during the outage period, but can be returned. Returns will be processed on Monday 15 April.
  • Students will be able to use wi-fi, LEARN, Office 365, OneDrive, email and UCGo from personal devices over the weekend.
  • Access to University network drives will not be available. 

To ensure the success of the migration

Please log off and power down your UC PC desktop or laptop by 9.30pm on Friday 12 April and do not log on or power up your UC PC desktop or laptop until 5pm Sunday 14 April. Prompts on UC issued devices and lab computers will remind you of the outage from Friday 12 – Sunday 14 April.

For more information see the Q&A sheet here> If you have questions please visit the IT Service Desk in Central Library or call 03 369 5000.

Tips to spot a phishing scam

Can you imagine the headache you’d have if a hacker got access to your social media, banking, dating, or email login details? But you wouldn’t just hand this kind of information over to a stranger would you?

Hmm, here are some basic tips to spotting a scam.

Consider these before opening an email that you weren’t expecting to receive.

  • Is the spelling and grammar in the message correct?
  • Does the link and the text match (hover your mouse over the link and you’ll see where it really goes).
  • Does the email urge you to take immediate action?
  • Does the email address of the sender look reasonable given the content of the email?
  • Look at the salutation (does it say ‘Dear Customer’)?
  • Look at the signature, a lack of details or how you can contact the company suggests phishing.
  • Are you even expecting an email from that sender?
  • Is the message asking you to do something unusual? (eg. buy iTunes cards).

Together we can make a difference, but what should you do next?

If you think it’s a phishing email or spam:

If the message is plausible:

  • go to the website of the service, or bank yourself (don’t click that link in the email), then log in and see if you have any messages
  • if it’s someone sharing a file or similar with you, contact the person (in a new email not by using ‘reply’) and ask them.

If you’re not be sure, treat it with caution and report it

It it amazing what hackers can do with access to your device, they get access to EVERYTHING you do on that device which can take a massive toll on you individually and damage your relationships.

  • You could lose access to your banking and social media accounts.
  • You could find all your data has been deleted or encrypted and held for ransom.
  • Your identity could be stolen,
    • loans and credit cards may be opened in your name.
    • unauthorised purchases may be billed to you.
  • You may become a victim of tax fraud.
  • You may be locked out of apps and web-based services, forever!! (Losing family photos, thesis papers etc).
  • Your electronic devices may be used as a tool of cyber-crime (sending spam or spreading malware).

See more about cyber security at UC>