Due to incompatibilities with various Stanford systems, we advise that you upgrade your Mac to MacOS Catalina (10.15), not the newest version of MacOS, Big Sur (version 11). We expect that these incompatibilities will be resolved in the coming weeks and months, and will revise our recommendation as things change. However, upgrading to...
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Plans are underway for the first-ever Stanford Smartsheet Days, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 3, and Thursday, Feb. 4. From experienced Smartsheet pro to new user, this free event offers members of our Stanford Smartsheet Community an exciting opportunity to deepen our knowledge, share our expertise, and inspire each other.
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On October 9th, University IT sent an email about Virtual Host Redirects. The email subject was Action Required by 11/6: Update Virtual Host Information (and the contents of the email are at the bottom of this article). This page provides some additional information about what is changing.
The system that redirects Stanford...
As of October 13, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security and software updates for Office 2016 for Macs. Due to this change, all Macs need to be upgraded to Office 365 (O365) to avoid potential security vulnerabilities.
What can you expect?
- You will not lose any data
- If you are using Outlook email, it...
Our colleagues in University IT have been able to secure a campus-wide license for MATLAB and Simulink, which is now free to use for Stanford faculty, staff, and students. Previously, community members needed to purchase this software, which is used across a wide variety of H&S departments and programs.
Individual machine licenses, add-ons...
Hosted by Stanford’s Information Security and Privacy Offices, the Cybersecurity and Privacy Festival aims to raise awareness and understanding about how to ensure our online lives are safe and secure. Join us for the 2020 “Pandemic Edition,” which spans across the week of Oct. 19 to 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. daily.
The H&S Web team have been working with our vendor Sparkbox to create a new look and feel for our Drupal 8 sites.
We've created two distinct themes Colorful and Traditional:
- The Colorful theme focuses on bursts of color throughout the site, complimented by layered elements. It also includes color pairings to give your site a...
H&S IT has created a process and a simple set of forms to facilitate requests for access to H&S systems. By using the access request form, requests can be routed to the system business owner and to H&S IT personnel as needed, without the need to know who is responsible for which system...
As part of an ongoing effort to improve the security of their product, Zoom will begin requiring passwords on June 23. Zoom passwords should be 6 characters long, all numerals. There are a few steps you will need to do to get ready for that change.
- In Zoom: Configure a password...
In the coming months, there will be several changes to Stanford's IT infrastructure that will affect our Apple computer users. Due to these changes, most Apple computers in H&S will need to be upgraded to MacOS 10.14 Mojave or MacOS 10.15 Catalina.
Two changes are driving the need to upgrade:
- Changes to e-mail authentication
- CrashPlan backups...
Drupal.org announced November 2021 will be the end of Drupal 7 support. If you've worked with the H&S web team or Stanford Web Services on your website, there's a good chance you're on Drupal 7.
The H&S web team has been building a Drupal 8 platform for department and programs to use. It's not a...
H&S IT held several training sessions on how to use Zoom, Slack, and the Jabber softphone. Below are the recordings and slides from those trainings:
- Zoom Recording of Zoom Jabber Slack Training
- Zoom Recording of Advanced Zoom Training
The deadlines for Form Builder have been extended:
- April 30, 2020: You will no longer be able to create new Form Builder forms.
- July 30, 2020: UIT will retire the Form Builder service and all existing forms.
After 12 years, University IT (UIT) plans to retire Form Builder. Form Builder is...
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University IT provides the Dashlane password manager free of charge to all current faculty, staff, and students.
Why use a password manager?
Remembering passwords for numerous applications can be burdensome. A password manager addresses the problem by securely storing your passwords and keeping them synchronized across your phones, tablets, laptops and other devices...
With University IT's willingness to archive AFS at an all time high, tools that rely on AFS may be services to avoid.
Stanford Form Builder is one such service. Because of it's reliance on AFS to host the webform, an archived AFS space will lead to a broken form. Until the university decides what to...
Various senior leaders across the University have been impersonated by e-mail hackers performing a variety of financial scams targeting University community members.
Depending on the setting on your email client, the sender may appear to...