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Posted Date: 06/20/2017

If you can’t get internet access on campus beginning this Thursday, check the wi-fi setting on your device. If it’s still trying to use moobilenetx, that will likely be the problem. Moobilenetx won’t be working anymore.

On Thursday, June 22, the campus is retiring moobilenetx in favor of eduroam, a secure wireless service that can also be used at thousands of universities, airports, and other public sites worldwide.

To remove any chance that the change Thursday will disrupt your wireless access on campus, switch to eduroam before then (see instructions). For assistance, contact your unit’s IT support or the IT Express Service Desk.

UC Davis was one of the first 15 U.S. institutions of higher education to join eduroam, in 2011. The campus network for visitors is UCD-guest.

Posted Date: 06/02/2017

UPDATE 7/14: The SmartSite change planned for July 14 has been postponed. We'll post further information once it's available.

SmartSite is about to be divided in two. The change might sound dramatic, but it’s all part of the service’s phased retirement plan.

Instructional use of SmartSite ends this month, and on July 14, the part of SmartSite that has supported instruction will be converted into a legacy site, available only to instructors, at smartsite-legacycourses.ucdavis.edu. It will contain materials and sites from past courses.

Posted Date: 05/19/2017

The campus is retiring moobilenetx on June 22, so it’s time to switch to eduroam.

Posted Date: 05/10/2017

An email version of this message from the IT Express Service Desk is being distributed to the campus on May 10.

A few recent phishing scams aimed at UC Davis have looked more convincing than usual, so please be alert.

Phishing messages try to trick recipients into disclosing their credentials, passwords or other account information. An email that circulated May 8 among UC Davis faculty and staff, with the subject line “INC0426873 ‘UCDAVIS Payroll Notification,’ ” was particularly deceitful. It resembled a legitimate campus ServiceNow message, and clicking on the link took you to what looked like a login site for UC Davis Office 365, except it didn’t have a UC Davis address. You could tell by looking closely at the site’s URL (see illustration).

Posted Date: 05/09/2017

Before students say goodbye to SmartSite at the end of spring quarter 2017, there’s one more thing they should do: Save copies of any coursework stored in SmartSite that they want to keep from their previous classes.

Posted Date: 04/28/2017

Two experts in advanced cybersecurity will speak at UC Davis this June. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome.

In the first talk, a security expert at one of the world’s top technology companies will discuss trends that involve cybersecurity and “cognitive computing”—roughly speaking, technology that attempts to mimic the human brain.

In the second presentation, the chief security and trust officer at a California company that makes security software and uses machine learning techniques will address “The Promises and Perils of Emerging Technologies for Cybersecurity.”

Posted Date: 04/20/2017

Now that its renovations are nearly complete, the Memorial Union will soon be home to an open-access computer lab for the first time in two years. Anyone connected to UC Davis can use it.

Posted Date: 04/18/2017

You’ve heard of spring cleaning? There’s a digital equivalent, and it’s as important as any scrubbing you do around the house or office.

Like cleaning your home, the work might not be much fun, but you won’t have to haul out any mops or sponges to do it and you’ll likely feel better when you’re done. You’ll improve your security, and your devices will probably run faster.

Here are a few tips for refreshing and renewing your cyber life:

Posted Date: 04/12/2017

It’s really happening. The instructional use of SmartSite will end when spring term concludes in June.

“As planned, SmartSite will no longer be an active learning management system once spring quarter ends, without exceptions,” said David Levin, director of Academic Technology Services (ATS) in Information and Educational Technology.

“We want everyone to know this is a firm deadline,” he said. “About 85 percent of instructors are already using its replacement, UC Davis Canvas, and we don’t want the final 15 percent to be left behind.”

Posted Date: 04/03/2017

SiteFarm, UC Davis’ modern web publishing platform, will be available campuswide starting April 17.

Campus website developers and communicators can use SiteFarm to build and manage websites. SiteFarm is a central service available at no cost to campus units, and includes cloud hosting; you can take it for a spin on the demo site.

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