Category Archives: Tech Advice

Cloud Backups: Why they really are a good idea

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You can never be too careful with your files these days. Har drives fail, things get spilled, and we drop things. It’s always good to have multiple backups. As someone who does wedding videography and photography, I can’t afford to rely on the original file. Hence the reason why I usually backup my work to three places.  An external hard drive, my second hard drive on my PC and finally, my Google Drive account. I can’t tell you how many times I have sorted my files and began editing and suddenly a file becomes corrupted. So I simply pull from one of my backups and were good. Now I may just be a little over the top with my backups, but you can never be too careful.

I know that some of you might already be thinking that cloud-based storage costs a lot. It can depend on what you want or need. But typically you can get anywhere from 15-20 Gigs for free and if you want more, each service has their own breakdown and pricing which you will need to decide for yourself and what you want. So whether you’re a student, professor, researcher or an editor, it never hurts to keep backups and organize them. You’ll always thank yourself later.

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Scare ware: What it is and how to avoid it

Sometimes while we are browsing the internet whether it be watching YouTube or perhaps doing research for a school project. At some point, you will come across Scare Ware.

An example of scareware you might see.

An example of scareware you might see.

Simply put, Scare Ware is an attempt to gain your trust and cause anxiety and make you believe your computer is infected. It will say something like: “Warning your PC is infected! Hard drive is crashing in 10 seconds and will be deleted! call this number!” or something else to cause fear. Don’t panic, don’t click on the prompt or anywhere on the page and don’t call that number. Your computer is perfectly fine.

They want you to call the number and if you click on the prompt it will begin to download a virus or a trojan of some kind and infect your computer. What the guys on the phone will do is run a fake scan on your computer and tell you your computer is “infected” which if you clicked on the prompt it will be at that point but if not you will be fine.

They will “clean” your PC and then charge you a handsome fee for security protection known as “vaporware” which means it’s a fake program that actually does nothing on your PC.

So how do you prevent this mess from happening? When one of this things pops up and hijacks your browsing session, simply close out of your browser completely and when you start it back up, clear your cache in your browser and move on. There is nothing to fear because your PC is not infected if you didn’t click on the “free download” button if there was one or something like it.

Bobbing For Credentials: What An Suspicious Email Could Mean

Let’s play a little situation out here today. So you’re getting ready for the day and you decide to check your email. Then you see something that catches your eye. “IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR UW STUDENTS!!!” It reads, so you open it because it’s in bold and begging for your attention. It reads something along the lines of your account has a problem with it and you need to sign in to fix the error. There’s a link highlighted in blue, you click on it and it brings you to a sign in page that looks 100% identical to any old UWYO sign in page. But you notice that the URL in the search bar doesn’t look right at all. There’s no .edu in it at all. It looks like a garbled mess of characters and symbols. But you figure this is a special occasion right? So you enter your credentials just like normal but to your surprise, you get a 404 error or something similar to it.

You’ve become a victim of what is called a Phishing email. That basically means that your account credentials have been stolen. Luckily for you, our UWIT Security Team has put some safe guards in place to know when someone is logging in that isn’t you. But that doesn’t guarantee the safety of your account. So if this happens to you and even if you’re not sure if you gave your credentials out or not, Call the Help Desk anyways at 307-766-4357 option 1 and we can help you protect your account and make sure it’s safe!

Nursing Students Rejoice! Latest Fitbit Blaze Update Adds Fully Functioning Analog Clock Watch Faces!

If you’re a nursing student who wants a Fitbit but is discouraged by the lack of devices that use the second hand? Be discouraged no more. A recent update went out for the Fitbit Blaze and it’s so far pretty awesome. It gives a lot more variety in watch faces and now features all three hands in analog clocks. So now you can use your Fitbit at work or school to track your activity and read those pulses efficiently! But as previously mentioned this only works right now for the Fitbit Blaze. None of the other models have a fully functioning analog clock sadly. That doesn’t mean we’re going to lose hope for the Charge HR 2!

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Fitbit has goals you can aspire to reach and they can be completely customized too!

Fitbit isn’t really known for listening or being quick to acknowledge customer’s needs. So here’s hoping this is a sign of change and improvements from now on! I can personally testify that the Fitbit Blaze is an amazing smartwatch. Now with the new update I can get notifications from ALL of my applications and it’s made me fall in love with it more and more.

The price of the Fitbit Blaze? Depends where you look. Right now on Amazon it’s below $200. Since the release of the new Charge HR 2 it’s brought the price of the Blaze down a little bit. So if you’re interested go ahead and take a look at it!

Need to write a paper but don’t want to walk to Coe?

If there’s one thing the University of Wyoming has a lot of is computers. In almost any building on campus you can find a computer lab. But what if you live in the dorms and don’t want to walk all the way to Coe just to write a one page paper (even though that never really happens)?

Here at the IT building which is right next to the dorms, we have a 24 hour computer lab! so whether you need to write that at 8AM or 2 AM we got you covered over here! We have a wide away of software programs for chemistry, programming apps and most things students need to get by!

Also, we have the service center so if you encounter any problems between 8 AM and 4 PM (Winter Hours) they would be more than happy to give you a hand!

Internet Access at UW

As you all settle into your first week here at University of Wyoming,  Information Technology (IT) just wanted to take a moment to tell you about internet access here on campus and how to connect.

You can find information on our wireless network here.

Here is a wireless map of our network as well.

We also have guides for connecting to the wireless network with a Android and iPhone.

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IT Offerings

Welcome back to the University of Wyoming. As you prepare for classes, the Information Technology department, IT, would like to tell you of some of the services offered. In the IT building, located at the end of Sorority Row in between Orr Hall and the Fine Arts building, you will find a computer lab and the walk-in Service Center. The walk-in Service Center is a computer support center for all UW enrolled students, faculty, and staff. They are able to help you with

  • virus and malware removal,
  • system clean/tune up,
  • computer reformatting,
  • hardware diagnostics,
  • operation system installations,
  • program/software installations,
  • one-on-one consulting of computing needs,
  • setting up email and wireless on mobile devices,
  • network trouble shooting.

In addition to these services, IT has staffed computer labs around campus for your convenience. In these staffed labs, you will find a Lab Assistant, which would be happy to answer your questions and help you with problems as that arise in the labs.