Announcements

22 Jan, '14—4:56 pm

If you are new to Brown or missed ISG's earlier announcements, we recommend that you install and run Identity Finder, a useful addition to anyone's security toolkit. It allows you to scan your computer for any sensitive information that might be stored on it -- such as social security numbers or passwords -- and then take appropriate measures to either secure or remove it.

The enterprise version is available to all active faculty and staff from CIS's software download pages. In addition, students and home users can install a free version available on the Identity Finder website on their personal computers to perform basic search and remediation. More robust personal versions are also available.

ISG recommends that you install and periodically run Identity Finder to detect and secure sensitive data on your computer, which will help protect you from identity theft. More information is available in the Identity Finder FAQ.

Please note: If you already have Identity Finder installed but haven't used it in awhile, you will be asked to update to version 6.2, which is available for download from CIS' Software Distribution site (downloads for Windows andMacintosh are available). Note you will need to delete your current client before installing the new version.

17 Jan, '14—5:33 pm

Is your mobile phone number in MyAccount? Not only is a mobile phone number important for emergency notifications, but it can also be used to reset a forgotten password for your Brown username by following the Forgot Password link on most Brown login pages. Enter your mobile phone number at http://brown.edu/myaccount today, and don't forget to put a password lock on your phone to stay secure. 

Maybe you’ve been meaning to make your password more secure but are afraid you’ll forget it. With this new feature, if you forget your strong password, you can always reset it yourself instead of having to visit the Computing Accounts and Passwords office in person. We recommend choosing a 10 character (or longer) password.

This video shows how the new self-service password reset works:


See video

16 Jan, '14—4:08 pm

If you are having trouble connecting your device (computer, smartphone, etc.) to Brown-Secure wireless or would like to report a coverage issue, please stop by one of our upcoming clinics:

15 Jan, '14—1:30 pm

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a time set aside to heighten awareness of online threats and how to protect yourself, your computer or device, personal information, identity, bank account and/or reputation.

Each October the Information Security Group ratchets up their efforts to bring their message of computing safety to the Brown community. As part of this year's theme of Don't Get Caught, Get Cautious, ISG has planned special Brown Bags, prepared online materials that includes weekly quizzes, and is once again holding a raffle, with prizes that include an iPad mini and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.

Visit Don't Get Caught, Get Cautious for full details on how to sign up for classes and enter the contest.

15 Jan, '14—11:57 am


On Thursday, November 21, Brown's Shibboleth login screens are getting a new look. Though you may not know it by name, you have probably used Shibboleth to log in to many access-restricted Brown websites and services such as Canvas and Workday.

The new look brings our login screens in line with the University's web branding initiative that started with the homepage in 2010. Logging in still works the same, the only thing that changes is the visual design of the login and error screens.

New look for Shibboleth authentication at BrownNew look for Shibboleth authentication at Brown

The new format makes authentication (logging in) easier for Faculty, Students, and Staff. It highlights important information and helps visitors to be aware of which services have asked that they authenticate.

In addition to having a new look, the page is built with a "responsive" layout. That means it will automatically format itself to display well on your phone, tablet, or desktop browser.

Mobile Device Usage at BrownMobile Device Usage at Brown

A mobile-friendly login screen at Brown responds to increased demand for web content from mobile devices, and is critical to engage segments of the world's population that use only mobile devices for web access. Mobile traffic has grown ten fold from what it was three years ago, and currently accounts for nearly 25% of Brown's online visitors.

6 Jan, '14—10:59 am

If you get a new computer over the break, remember that you'll be able to download Microsoft Office for free in 2014 through Brown - no need to buy a copy. In early January, look for more information in Morning Mail and on this site.

19 Dec, '13—9:30 am

Google updated its look recently, changing the top menu bar. We've gotten a lot of questions about how to find some apps and features. Here's where to look:

Finding Apps
Previously, you could access Google's apps (such as Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Drive) on the black bar across the top. Now, click the grid icon near the top right of the page and a menu of apps will appear.

Access all AppsAccess all Apps

Shared Mailboxes and Signing Out
Click your photo / icon on the top right to see your shared mailboxes and to sign out.

Access Shared Mailboxes and Sign OutAccess Shared Mailboxes and Sign Out

Other Suggestions for Finding Apps
Looking for your apps? Try these two suggestions to make them easier to find:

  • Add your favorite apps (like Mail and Calendar) to your browser's bookmarks bar, and links will always show at the top of your browser. Every browser is different - here's  information about the bookmarks bar in Chrome.
  • Automatically open your favorite apps in new tabs each time you start your browser. Again, each browser is different - in Chrome, look for the "Open a specific page or set of pages" option
19 Dec, '13—9:30 am

Google Calendar invites sent to Google Groups will now automatically update as people are added to or removed from the group. In other words, if someone is added to the group, they will automatically be added to the event; anyone removed from the group will no longer see the event.  Please note that group membership does not automatically update if more than 200 people are on the event's guest list.

More information on inviting groups to events
More information about Google Groups at Brown

19 Dec, '13—9:30 am

Please join us for an Academic Technology Showcase Luncheon with Michael Satlow, December 13, 2013 at 12PM in 201 CIT (ETC). Professor Michael Satlow will be sharing his class on the Talmud and his use of Concept Mapping software. Lunch will be served.

4 Dec, '13—10:42 am

Since its release last week, CIS has evaluated the use of the Apple Mavericks operating system for compatibility with Brown’s computing environment. We’ve made changes to our wireless network to enable Cloudpath functionality, and VPN works well. 

However, we are aware of printing issues and other incompatibilities; early adopters may encounter trouble with these and other services. As a result, the CIS Service Center is not yet able to fully support Mavericks. See the following link for details: https://wiki.brown.edu/confluence/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=88506535