Unit Updates, February 2018

Welcome to the UNIT Updates webpage where UNIT will display monthly updates on services and solutions, projects, new UNIT initiatives and relevant UNIT information for the Villanova Community.  Please let us know if you have any comments or ideas for future issues.

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New and Improved IT Self Service

UNIT is happy to announce that an upgraded Self Service HelpDesk (SSHD) is now available for the Villanova Community.  The upgrade features an improved interface to request assistance, access to UNIT’s Service Catalog, UNIT Webforms, a “Known Issues” feed and more. 

To use the Self Service HelpDesk right away, please go to support.villanova.edu and log in. 

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Blackboard Assignments - A New Look!

Faculty and students returning for the Spr18 semester will find several enhancements have been made to the Assignments tool in Blackboard.  Support for over a hundred new file types has been added to the presentation of assignments in addition to the ability to manage multimedia assignments.  Faculty can add annotations to the assignments via a web browser or the Bb Grader app for instructors.  Previously created rubrics for scoring assignments remain available.  Updated drag and drop capability makes submitting an assignment much easier, click-and-hold to drag your file from you desktop or documents folder and drop into Blackboard!  Faculty, please note… when viewing assignment submissions for the first time, and if presented with a message marked “converting,” simply refresh your view to access the latest version of the submission. 


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Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud suite is available for all faculty and staff to install on University issued devices.  This suite gives users access to the Adobe suite of software for graphic design, video editing, web development applications, and cloud services. For more information and to request an account please Click HERE!


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myNova Favorites

Villanova faculty, staff, and students can customize their MyNova portal with applications and links that are relevant to their day-to-day campus IT experience.  You have the option to create a 'Favorites' section that appears at the top of the portal when you are signed in. To 'favorite' link cards and pin them to your 'My Favorites' section, simply click the heart at the bottom right corner of the card. To learn more click HERE.

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Files Restore in OneDrive

OneDrive for Business Files Restore is a new Office 365 feature. If any OneDrive files get deleted, corrupted, or infected by malware, with the File Restore feature, you may be able to restore your deleted files. Files Restore helps you undo all the actions that occurred on both files and folders within the last 30 days.

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Enhanced Security feature for Office 365

Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection has been expanded to protect more of your online files.  In addition to sending messages with Exchange Online, people regularly share files and collaborate using SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, and Microsoft Teams. Advanced Threat Protection has been extended  to help Villanova collaborate in a safer manner by preventing the opening or downloading malicious files from these additional cloud applications.  For more information click here.  

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IT Security: Keeping your computer updated

The key to protecting yourself from cyber-attacks is to follow 3 simple steps: keep your computers updated, be wary of phishing attacks, and back up your systems.  Here are three simple steps you can take to make sure attacks like these never infect your computers.

Patching: Make sure your computers, mobile devices, apps, and anything else connected to the Internet are up-to-date. By dutifully installing software updates on your computers and mobile devices, you make it much harder for someone to hack you. 

Phishing:  Phishing is when cyber criminals send you an email that tries to trick you into opening an infected attachment or visiting a malicious website. If you do either, your computer may become infected. The key to protecting yourself against such email-based attacks is common sense. If an email or message seems odd, suspicious, or too good to be true, it is most likely an attack.

Backups:  When you lose valuable data, you can recover that data from your backups. There are two ways to back up your data: physical media or cloud-based storage. Physical media is devices you control, such as external USB drives or network-connected drives located in your home or office. Cloud-based solutions are online services that back up and store your files on the Internet. The advantage of cloud-based solutions is their simplicity.

For more information on Villanova’s IT Security program, please visit: http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/unit/security.html

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