Smartwatches and why you probably shouldn’t bring them to a big test.

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Smartwatches are beginning to replace standard watches. In case you don’t know what a smartwatch is, it’s a watch that connects to your phone via Bluetooth and pushes notifications to your phone as well as being able to reply with it. They actually have a lot of functionality aside from pushing notifications to your phone. But recently people have begun to use them to cheat on tests.

In other countries and even here in the U.S, the devices are being banned campus-wide due to notorious cheaters bringing them to tests and putting the answers on their devices.

This is why I wouldn’t bring mine to a test just to avoid any possible accusations. That being said, cheating does come with a very steep penalty. Just don’t do it! When you go into the test, take it off and put it away to avoid any and all temptation as well as your phone! It’s just not worth getting caught!

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“Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance, like so many things, it is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts.” ~ Aladdin

Why You Need To Be The One Who Calls Regarding Your Account

Life is busy. We get it, really, we do. Sometimes you just don’t have the time during the day to make a phone call. Here at the Help Desk we occasionally get calls from parents, spouses or friends asking to gain access to a students account. Unfortunately due to the FERPA act, we are unable to allow access to the account to anyone other than the account holder. It’s a matter of privacy which is why we verify people’s identity via their date of birth and the last four of their Social Security Number.

Fortunately, we make the process quick and easy for you to reset the password to your account so you can get in to the account. From there you can then access your transcripts, sign up for classes or whatever else you need to do in your account. Even if you borrow someone’s phone we can still help you, so long as you are the account holder. It’s a matter of security that we advise you do not give out your password. Once we conclude our business though, don’t give your password to anyone!

Let’s say you do anyways. You give your password out to your parents who live in Boston (just for an example) and they log into your account. What will happen now is your account will be disabled and you will need to give us a call so that we can start the process of getting it re-enabled again. This is why we are so adamant about students not giving their passwords out to anyone because even though someone may get it right, it will alert our security system into thinking someone is trying to get into your account for nefarious reasons.

Antivirus And Your Computer- Which Ones Too Avoid

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In today’s ever advancing tech world it seems there is some new cyber threat out there to wreck your day. Everyone tells you to get an antivirus program to protect your computer but there are already a lot of choices out there. Did you know that most of them are actually malware themselves and typically won’t do anything to actually protect your computer?

It’s true, applications like MacKeeper and McAffee to name a couple. These programs don’t actually hunt down malware or viruses but rather claims to find it all while pretending to keep your PC clean when really all it’s doing is creating problems.

If you’ve noticed your PC or Mac slowing down after downloading and Antivirus or malware program, you may wish to reconsider and do some research on a more reputable one such as Norton and Malwarebytes.  It always pays to do your homework on what’s best for your PC! So don’t be caught in one of these traps! But remember if something does happen to your PC, you can always call the IT Help Desk or bring your PC to the service center to have it looked at no cost to you!

Hope this alleviates some confusion on the topic of antivirus programs and makes sure that you are more secure while surfing the internet! Have a great day!

The Future Of Smartphones

Believe it or not, 2017 is soon upon us. It’s already October and we’ve heard some big things from large tech companies about what kind of phones they’re planning on releasing. Granted this little article I’m writing has a lot of unknowns in it. For example Samsung’s fold-able smartphone is rumored to come out in 2017 but nothing has been officially announced at the time of writing this. But it’s still a big possibility Considering they have actually shown foldable screens at tech conferences.

Google is currently working on a phone called project Ara. I covered this previously, but I felt I should still add it to this article because of just how cool it is. Imagine not having to constantly upgrade an entire phone. If something breaks or needs to be upgraded, just swap it out!

Meanwhile Apple is gearing up for their 2017 launch of their much anticipated iPhone. One of the rumors floating around is that it will have up to 250 GBs of space on it. Smartphones are really increasing their storage size so hopefully memory won’t be much of an issue for long! It will also

Which are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments and let’s hope this isn’t all speculation!

 

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“Sometimes the the right path is not the easiest one.” Grandmother Willow

The Only Time Kahn Will Help You With School.

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Alright, so maybe not the Kahn from Star Trek, but we can pretend right? Kahn Academy is a resource for any and all who either need to learn a new formula, or just want to brush up what they already know and study it. Kahn Academy is a great resource for any student who needs to get through that dreaded math class.

What’s the price of this tutoring? Absolutely free! I personally have used it and it’s saved me from the heartbreak of failing a few math tests. So how does this all work? Simple, you tell it what you’re trying to learn and it generates a plan around it with loads of instructional videos that are clear and concise. It may test to see what you already know, from there it will know what you may need to focus in on and better hone your skills.

So whether you need a refresher on what  a square root it is, or something way more advanced like Multi variable calculus. Kahn Academy has you covered.