Though it might not have happened to you personally, we for sure have heard horror stories of missing laptops by attorneys. To implement basic steps to ensure the security of the files you have on your laptop, here is an article detailing the steps using free program. Read it here.
This site has posted a variety of apps that lawyers can use, some free but most you need to pay. http://hytechlawyer.com/recommended-ipad-apps-lawyers-hytech-lawyer-winter-2014/
According to this article carried on PC World, NSA hitchhiked on Google’s cookie to select specific target to snoop. This article also shows you how to check the cookies on your computer. If you are interested, you can follow the steps. Basically, it is:
1. Go to Google.com
2. Right click and choose inspect elements
3. On the lower portion of the screen, click on Resources tab and you will see your PREF cookies.
4. Notice the ID. That is unique to your browser and that is how Google spy on you. Now NSA simply takes a free ride on that and can spy on you, too, if they want to.
For current students who want to find out the balance on the printing account, follow the steps listed below:
1. Log into the UST Portal: https://portal.stthomas.edu
2. In the bottom right of the screen under Applications, choose Current Printing Balance. See screenshot:
3. Fill in the Start Date and End Date and click Submit. See screenshot below:
New instructions for how to print from your personal laptops to UST networked public printers are available. Click here to access different instructions for PC and Mac.
This article from PC Magazine lists a slew of accessories and apps which can wean you from using a laptop or computer and use only your tablet. Read on…
Google Announced (Announcement is here) that November 11, 2013, Google can use your name or photo on ads. If you object to it, the time to act is now. You can control whether your image and name appear in ads via the Shared Endorsements setting. Click Here and after you log in, uncheck the enable my photo and name to appear in ads option and then submit. Google will try to persuade you one last time by lamenting that your friends will not be able to get the benefit of your recommendation. It is your call. I unchecked it.
On a related note, the contents you uploaded onto Google, while you retain the ownership of them, Google has the right to use them in any derivative way it chooses. Read the Terms of Services here. In other words, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the Stored Communications Act, and other Acts, etc, that aim to protect your online privacy will be of no utility to you if you want to stop Google to use your content. Free service comes with a string. In Chinese, we say, you owe the other side a favor after you have taken a favor from him. Well, the exact Chinese, if literally translated, would be: your hand is short now after you have taken what is theirs.
Some time ago, I converted a document into Adobe PDF with fill-able form fields. We unleashed it after testing showed all worked as expected.
The very first problem the feedback revealed was that some of the form fields cut off after certain number of characters. This was relatively easy to fix by making the fields expandable. But the fix introduces additional problem of display issue and then printing issue.
Some other problems that cropped up in real use were not that easy to be fixed. One of them was that Apple Laptops allow a program called Preview to open and work on the PDF, but unfortunately the program does not fully implement all PDF features, so some of the form fields once filled in PDF can show up jumbled when viewed in Preview. After some exploration, I settled on print the textual PDF to image PDF in Adobe Reader. This way, the document will display correctly no matter what program is used, either Adobe Reader or Preview. I found the PDFwriter, free for Mac to solve the problem. Since this free program is a print driver, not a full program, installation and use of this program requires two steps, one to install the program, and then second, to install the printer under Systems and Preferences. And the last sticky thing about this program is that you have to know where to look for the printed PDF, which is usually under /Users/Shared/PDFwriter on the hard drive. Therefore the solution is not for the faint of heart. It requires a certain level of technical expertise, not much, but enough to stall certain number of law students.
The second problem is that on some PCs, the save button is grayed out in Adobe Reader, so the filled out form can not be saved! Frustratingly, same document when used in two different PCs behave differently, one can save and the other can not. Ok, this is good for troubleshooting. The problem must be due to the settings of the reader itself. Otherwise it will not explain the different behavior of the same file on two different PCs. But I am stymied as to the solution. Luckily we just sidestepped the problem, by, again printing the document to an image PDF.
I am sure there are many instances like this in that a relatively small project might just snowball into a huge time investment, with no optimal solutions to keep everybody happy. Technology enables us to do more things, but it surely has not made it easier to accomplish them. And with the lightening speed technology is changing, we have to be on our toes to make sure we are keeping up. Two days ago, Apple released its latest OSX Mavericks. This new OS has not been tested to work with our exam taking software and we were duely notified. In turn, we notified our students not to upgrade, “for now”. But we did not act quick enough. Some of them had already upgraded. It almost looked like that we had to preempt, rather than react.
Kelly, Don and Helen finally gathered to exam the settings for the Hallway monitors. We tweaked both the monitors and the computer that control the PowerPoint. For now, the display seems to work properly.
Illiad has been installed on all the Technical Services computers so inter-library loan could be completed.
Kelly has been busy working with IPC for the upcoming Midwest Clinics Conference to be held this coming weekend in the law school.
Kelly and Don offered a workshop on how to configure students’ laptops to the public printers. But nobody showed up. We thought it might be due to conflict that 1Ls were having an orientation with CPD right next door to our program. We will try again.
Don video recorded Kendra for her introduction to the orientation.
Kelly is working to get ready for several Murphy Institute events in the next week or two.
We have two exams coming up using ExamSoft which means we have to proctor them.
We discussed how IT department can be proactive in terms of better serving the community. Some possible things to do include regularly going over all the tickets that were reported to see if we could do something there to prevent their happening again. For this semester, we already have an 1l checking the classroom technology every Friday to ensure the proper functioning of all the equipment.
We completed our mid term exam proctoring. Kelly has helped Jill scheduled the finals.
Don uploaded the law journal (vol. 9 issue 3) onto our digital commons. Usually this is a process done by three staff persons. This time, Don completed by himself.
Kelly attended the online learning luncheon hosted by the president.
Matt from IRT gave a Lyris training to Cari and Grace. Both Kelly and Don were also present at the training.
Don attended part of the Symplicity and Banner integration meeting with Dan, Bob and other IRT staff members.
IPC now has an iPad which they can use to record the interviews with client and also scanning documents into PDF.
The encryption software is now working and Kelly will encrypt the relevant staff who need their computer to be encrypted.
Kelly and Don will give a workshop on configuring student laptop to print to the public printers in the law school on October 21.