Previously, Internet Explorer (IE) was the default browser in labs and classrooms. However, with the increasing security vulnerabilities in IE, especially the one affecting IE versions 6-11 late last spring, we decided it would be a good time to re-evaluate the default browser.
To help us decide, we took a look at what browsers are accessing the SUNY Oswego website. From the network traffic originating from both on and off campus, Google Chrome is number one. We also took a look at just the traffic originating from on-campus and that also was Chrome. Given that, coupled with the fact that SUNY Oswego is a Google Apps campus, we decided to promote Chrome.
As you can see from the image below, Chrome, IE and Firefox are still available for use from the quick launch bar on the bottom of the screen. However, if you click on an HTML link within an application such as PowerPoint or Word, the default browser will be launched.
The myOswego changes mentioned in the “Upcoming Changes to myOswego” article on September 9, were implemented today, Thursday October 17.
As of this morning, myOswego’s login page has been changed to include two different login buttons. myOswego is the system used for class registrations, grades, advising, financial aid and more.
Current students, faculty and staff should use the “Single Sign On” login button on the right side of the page. Logins will require the use of your Laker NetID (former campus ID and PINs will no longer function).
An advantage to this change and the “Single Sign On (SSO)” technology is that once you are logged in to myOswego, you will also automatically be logged into Degree Works, the campus advisement system.
When logging out, please be aware that logging out of myOswego or Degree Works does not completely log you out.
For more information on properly logging out and a preview of the new login page, please visit our CTS Single Sign On page at http://www.oswego.edu/cts/sso.html.
If you have any questions related to this change, please contact the Help Desk at 315.312.3456 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Look for some login changes coming to myOswego and its associated applications in the next few weeks.
CTS has been working on streamlining authentication into multiple systems that use the same username and password, primarily your Laker NetID. Two of those systems are myOswego and DegreeWorks. In the next few weeks, a new technology called Single Sign-On will be implemented to accomplish this. The myOswego webpage will be changed to something similar to the following.
Existing students, faculty and staff will use the “Single Sign On” button to login.
What is Single Sign-on (SSO)? It is a technology that allows services to share authentication credentials without having the user login to each service. In the context of myOswego, once you login to myOswego, you will also be logged into Degreeworks. You will not have to enter your Laker NetID again to access Degreeworks. However, this also means you must be vigilant about logging out of all systems using SSO. If you forget to log out, you leave yourself signed into both systems.
CTS will be expanding single sign-on to other services in the future.
We’ve been seeing a few phishing scams that have made it past Gmail’s spam and phishing filters lately. Please do not reply to any email asking for your username, password, date of birth, social security number, credit card numbers or other sensitive data. More than likely it is an attempt to steal your identity, otherwise known as a phishing scam.
If a phishing scam makes it into your inbox, report it to Gmail. While looking at the message, click the down arrow button in the upper right of the message. That will review a menu of options. Click the “Report Phishing” option.
You’ll be asked if you truly want to report it. Click “Report Phishing Message.”
Google will review the message and decide whether to add it to their spam filters. If they do, you will have helped the Gmail community as the message will now go to users’ spam folders rather than their inboxes.
During October and November 2012, CTS hired GreyCastle Security to provide Cyber Security Awareness trainings to all SUNY Oswego faculty, staff and students.
Tyler Wrightson from GreyCastle Security conducted all sessions in a very knowledgeable and engaging style. He covered topics such as using strong passwords, social engineering practices used to obtain usernames and passwords, social media security (such as Facebook), mobile device security, shoulder surfing, physical security and spam and phishing scams. All principles taught could be applied to both work and home situations.
Some anonymous feedback from attendees of the sessions had this to say about Tyler and the training:
“It was very interesting and I learned a little more about my internet security at work as well as at home. I appreciate that I was able to ask questions related to my home use of the internet, not just my business use.”
“He was very interesting and gave excellent info without being too technical.”
“The Castle speaker was so knowledgeable so had great examples of the problems he presented.”
If you missed the training, there are still a couple of options available to you.
- Tyler will be back on campus on January 16th offering two more sessions during Winter BreakOut. They are:
- Session 1, Cyber Security Awareness Training, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 9:15-10:15am, CC 202. Register.
- Session 2, Cyber Security Awareness Training, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 10:30-11:30am, CC 202. Register.
- GreyCastle allowed CTS to record a session and make it available to campus members only. We have the recording available from the CTS Security page. Note, you will need to sign in with your Laker NetID to access it. You’ll be prompted to do so.
CTS will be following-up the Security Awareness Training with our own session on learning more about the differences between spam and phishing emails and how to accurately report them in Gmail. This will also be offered during Winter BreakOut: