Software Security Tip: Importance of Anti-Virus

Posted on behalf of Rodney Jackson, Information Technology Department.

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A Common Problem

Most users underestimate the fact that no computing environment is immune to network attacks. Additionally, most users do do not have a proactive anti-virus software installed on their computer systems. These two issues combined present a common problem and the potential for personal information to be hacked, such as having one’s personal finance information compromised. Although a fix or at least a deterrent is relatively easy to obtain, the real challenge is convincing a computer user that free anti-virus software is not necessarily the best defense in protecting one’s personal information.

Real-Life Scenario

Recently, I assisted a friend that fell victim to a drive-by download attack. Basically, she did not click on anything to initiate a download or installation of malware. She was simply searching for a website and was re-directed to a site which compromised and infected her computer.

Easy Steps to Address

Below are steps I would recommend to any computer user.

  1. Install a proactive anti-virus.
  2. Make sure your anti-virus is up to date before surfing the web.
  3. Use common sense and the good practices. Remember nothing is free.

Useful Links

If you’re interested in finding out more about this topic I suggest reviewing some of the following resources:

Halloween as a Learning Moment

As we enter the month of October on a college campus, conversations in the hallway and chat amongst departments may (okay, will) turn towards the topic of Halloween. While Halloween is an opportunity to engage with students, staff, faculty, and administration in the form of classroom events, campus parties, departmental decorations, and of course free candy, we also need to consider the topic of cultural appropriation. Since this article is written by Office of Professional Development, we’d like to make this Halloween a learning moment for all.

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“We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” campaign created by Ohio University

What is Cultural Appropriation?

Essentially cultural appropriation is the adoption of elements of one culture by members of another culture, while distorting the original meaning or significance in the process. Such examples of appropriation would be dressing as a geisha, Pocahontas, Pancho Villa, or other representation of a culture not your own.

Recent college campaigns now seek to bring awareness to this issue. “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume,” was created by Ohio University in 2013 and the University of Michigan has a page dedicated to raising awareness.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. What culture does this style reference and what is my relation to that culture?
  2. Why am I choosing to wear this costume?
  3. How accurate and/or respectful is my costume to that culture?

Interested in Learning More?

September 2016 – Upcoming Workshops

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September 2016 Workshops

The Office of Professional Development has helped coordinate and promote various workshops throughout the month. There’s even a conference opportunity in October (register ASAP if interested). Below, you can view, download, and print the entire schedule of upcoming workshops.

eConnect Registration Information

  1. Log on to eConnect as an employee and choose “Register for Staff Enrichment” from Employee menu.
  2. Select the current term, choose Mountain View College as the location, and click Submit.
  3. Select course(s) by checking the selection box(es) to the left and click “Submit.”
  4. Questions? Call the Software Training Support Hotline at 972‐669‐6452 (between the hours of 8AM – 5PM, Monday – Friday).

Hosting Your Own Workshop?

Interested in hosting your own workshop to share your knowledge, expertise, or passion for teaching and learning? Simply contact the Office of Professional Development (email mvcprofdev@dcccd.edu) and we’ll help coordinate logistics and raise awareness for your event. Our goal is to connect faculty, staff, and administrators across the institution in discipline specific, teaching pedagogy, and leadership opportunities. As a reminder, all requests must be submitted by the 15th of the month prior to the workshop scheduled.

Hello MVC! Hello World!

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The Office of eLearning and Professional Development at Mountain View College…aka, “The Best College on Earth…” is proud to present our very first blog post! This space will be utilized in the future to collect, share, and showcase the very best of what we do.

The reality of course, is that the best of what we do is not a service we provide or a process we complete. It is the people we are surrounded by, those we share this experience with, and those who have paved the way before us. Our employees, their combined expertise and passion, and ultimately the students we support are all reasons to be proud to call MVC family.

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The Office of eLearning and Professional Development simply hopes to use this space to:

  • Build connections across the institution
  • Share knowledge in our respective areas of expertise
  • Celebrate our people
  • Provide opportunities for professional development
  • Showcase support services
  • Support teaching and learning efforts
  • Showcase tools and technologies readily available
  • Empower people and transform communities!

Thank you for taking the time to visit this blog. We’re just getting started.

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