Category Archives: LakerApps

Registration Open for CTS Fall Workshops

Be sure to check out all the workshops CTS will be giving in the fall. Classes include:

  • LakerApps
  • Google Forms
  • Detecting and Reporting Phishing Scams
  • MIcrosoft Office 2016
  • Blackboard Collaborate
  • Mail Merge
  • … and many more!

To see the full lineup, go to our CTS Workshop Registration page.

SUNY Oswego Enables Google’s 2-Step Verification Feature

In order to improve the security of our SUNY Oswego email accounts, Campus Technology Services enabled Google’s 2-Step Verification feature on June 22nd.

Why are we turning this on?

This new feature adds an additional layer of security for our SUNY Oswego email accounts. Even if a third party knows your password, they would still need the unique code that is generated by your phone to access your account. This helps prevents third parties from using your email address for malicious purposes and helps protect your sensitive information.

How does it work?

Once 2-Step Verification is turned on, just sign into your account like normal and you’ll be prompted to enter a unique code before you can access your messages. The code will be delivered to your phone via text message, voice call, or mobile authenticator. Please review the alternative second step options when you enable 2-Step Verification. The additional options will be beneficial for when you do not have your phone with you.

How do I get started?

The 2-Step Verification feature will be turned off by default. In order to utilize this functionality, you must turn it on yourself. For more information, refer to Google’s knowledge article on how to turn on 2-Step Verification.

Do I have to enable 2-step verification?

No, you do not have to enable 2-step verification. The decision to enable this feature is up to you. However, Campus Technology Services recommends that 2-Step Verification is enabled.

How do I get help?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding 2-Step Verification, please feel free to contact our Help Desk at help@oswego.edu or 315.312.3456.

 

Recent Phishing Attempt

A phishing email is a scam by which a person is tricked into giving their confidential information to a third party so they can use it for illicit purposes.

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The above image is an example of the most recent phishing email to surface. Even though Campus Technology Services would never ask for any personal information over an email, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when faced with emails like this. First, always check the address from the sender, not just the name, and, secondly, always hover over links included in the emails to see where they will take you.

If you have responded to one of these phishing emails, or you feel like your email account has been tampered with, please reset your password immediately at www.oswego.edu/reset.

Most importantly, if you see something suspicious, please say something! Marking emails as spam or phishing will help Google better detect illicit messages in the future.

For more information, you can visit this Google Support Article about phishing, or reach out to the CTS Help Desk. The Help Desk can be reached at help@oswego.edu or 315-312-3456.

Variation of Labor Day Weekend Phishing Email Circulating

As of early Sunday morning, 9/13 a variation of the Labor Day weekend phishing email has been received by some of the campus population.  The number of campus accounts sending the message is a small percentage of last week’s count and have been suspended. Suspended accounts will be notified upon login to LakerApps at www.oswego.edu/mail.

An example image of the content of the variation is included below.  Please note that the clickable web address may vary from email to email.

If you receive a message like this, please do not click on the link.  If you already have, please change your password immediately at www.oswego.edu/admin.

CTS has taken steps to block future messages from being sent out.  We continue to work with Google on identifying accounts with suspicious activity.

Even though there are no classes tomorrow and Tuesday, 9/14-15, the Help Desk will be open all week during normal business hours.  Hours are Monday-Thursday, 8am-7pm and Friday, 8am-4:30pm.

Laker Apps Offline Now Available

Starting Friday, May 15th at 4:30 p.m., users of Google Chrome will be able to use Laker Apps powered by Google without having to be online. This new “Offline mode” will enable people complete many tasks even while they do not have an active connection to the Internet.

These abilities include:

  • Gmail:  Read and send messages when there is not a network connection.  Users will be able to read up to one weeks worth of their email.  They can also send messages while offline that will then automatically send when they get a network connection.
  • Calendar: View your calendar while offline
  • Docs, Sheets, Slides:  Edit and/or create these types of documents offline and the additions/edits will be synced the next time there is a network connection.

To learn how to setup Laker Apps Offline, please read the related knowledge base article.

Google Hangouts Now Available with LakerApps

Google previously announced they would be replacing Google Talk, Google+ Hangouts and Google+ Messenger (formerly Huddle) with a new Google Hangouts.

We are happy to announce the new Google Hangouts is available for our LakerApps Google domain effective March 4.

What is Google Hangouts?
Google Hangouts is a new way to communicate and collaborate.  Hangouts helps you stay connected no matter where you are or what device you’re using. You can send and receive messages, make video calls, and share your screen from the Hangouts app on your computer, mobile phone, or tablet.

In addition, your Hangouts are synced automatically, so you can start a Hangout on one device and continue it on another.

How can I access Hangouts?
You can use Hangouts from any of the following:

Opting-in from Google Talk
Hangouts may not automatically show for you in Gmail/Calendar in which case you will need to manually opt-in:

  1. Login to LakerApps mail: oswego.edu/mail
  2. Identify the chat area of Gmail.  In most cases this will be on the left side of the screen. If you DO NOT see the Hangouts symbol, , at the bottom of the chat area, you will need to continue with steps 3-5.  If you DO see the Hangouts symbol, you can skip steps 3-5.  
  3. Click your profile photo at the top of your Chat list.

  4. Click “Try the new Hangouts.”
  5. You should now see the Hangouts icon at the bottom of your chat area.  If not, try reloading the page or logging out of LakerApps and back in again.


How do I use Hangouts chat and video?

  1. Open your LakerApps mail at www.oswego.edu/mail.
  2. Identify the chat area in Gmail (in most cases this will be on the left side of the window) and click on the  Hangouts icon.
  3. Select a person from the Hangouts list. Or click the search button and type a name or email address. When you find the person you want, click their name.
  4. A new window will open similar to the following:
  5. To use Hangouts chat, just start typing in the white space at the bottom of the window.
  6. To use Hangouts video, click the  icon.
  7. To start a Group Hangout, click the  icon and type the names of people with whom you’d like to have a group video call.  You may include up to 15 people in a group hangout.
  8. [Optional] Download the Chrome extension to chat on your desktop.
  9. [Optional] Download the app for Android or iOS if you’d like to access Hangouts on your mobile device or tablet.

Visit Start a video call for more information.

Where can I get more information?
The Center for Excellence in Learning and Technology (CELT) and CTS will be holding a workshop on how to use Hangouts and cover use cases for it.  That will be available on Wednesday, March 11 from 12:40pm – 1:45pm in 123 Penfield Library.  No registration required.  More info…

For more Google documentation on Hangouts, visit the Google Apps Learning Center.

For any questions or help using Google Hangouts, please contact the Help Desk, 315.312.3456, help@oswego.edu, 26 Lanigan Hall.

LakerApps Drive Now With Unlimited Storage

Earlier this fall, Google announced plans for their “Drive for Education” program in which  “Google Apps for Education” users would have unlimited data storage in Google Drive.

Google has been slowly rolling this out to Google Apps for Education customers which includes SUNY Oswego’s LakerApps.  We are happy to say that the unlimited storage has now been applied. SUNY Oswego users may upload unlimited files, each up to 5TB in size, to LakerApps Drive.

When might you want to use Drive? If you have forgotten a thumb drive to store a file or even if you need a place to backup your files, Drive could help out.  If you don’t have Microsoft Office and need to create documents, Drive can also help out. It can natively create basic word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, forms and drawing files.

To get started, login to LakerApps at www.oswego.edu/mail and then click the “Drive” app from the application grid in the upper right corner, near your email address.

Please call (315.312.3456) or email (help@oswego.edu) the Help Desk if you need assistance or have any questions.