Cybersecurity to go!

Tis the season to be…. Cyber Aware!

If you’re taking a well-earned holiday break, remember that cyber criminals work 24×7, 365 days a year!

In fact, often cyber criminals will target their activity when they think people are going to be less cautious, particularly around holiday periods. So relax but.. don’t let your cyber guard down.

If you’re travelling around this time of year, here are a few tips to help you stay on top of things security wise:

  • ‘Just say no’ to unsecured public Wi-Fi
    If you can avoid public Wi-Fi, then do so. If you must connect, at least use a VPN or avoid using any sensitive information while on Wi-Fi. Public Wi-Fi is notoriously insecure and data can easily be captured and viewed by cyber criminals.
  • Be mindful of physical security
    Taking care of your mobile devices, tablets, laptops, etc. is essential while travelling. Never leave devices unattended in public.
  • Keep a strong password
    Passwords are the key to your online identity, so keep your password for Griffith University separate to any other password you use for home/social media etc. Use a long passphrase with some special characters as your password, and most importantly – don’t hand over your password to scammers! Find more info about managing your password here.
  • Think before you click!
    Watch out for new Phishing and Vishing scams – cyber criminals continually invent new social engineering scams via Phishing and also Vishing (voice calls) to lure you to provide sensitive information or download malicious software. Learn more about Phishing here.

For more information, visit our cybersecurity webpage.

Enjoy the break and thanks for doing your part to keep Griffith University Cyber Safe!


6 merry apps to download this holiday season

Oh deer, Christmas is almost here!  

It’s a busy time of year with presents to buy (and wrap), a gazillion parties to attend, family to visit and food to prepare.

To help you stay merry and bright during the holiday hustle and bustle, we’ve sleighed through the best Christmas Apps for 2018.

From festive recipes to DIY gift wrapping, we’ve made a list (and checked it twice) of apps that will give you clause for celebration.

Christmas Food

By: Mobtopus
Cost: Free
Available: Google Play 

Need some #FoodInspo for your big celebrations? This app is chock full of tasty traditional Christmas recipes.

DIY Christmas Decorations

By: Doknow…
Cost: Free
Available: Google Play 

Unleash your creative side and make easy DIY and up-cycled Christmas decorations. If you are on a tight budget, use this app to DIY a cute Christmas gift for your friends and family. Thoughtful, personal and inexpensive!

Christmas Countdown!

By: VisialSoft
Cost: Free
Available: App Store

If you’re a true Christmas lover, you’ll be counting down the days… hours… minutes. You’re going to need more than just an advent calendar! Christmas Countdown will take you down to seconds and even heartbeats!

Gift Wrapping Tutorial

By: Peli Ngacengan
Cost: Free
Available: Google Play 

From basic to advanced – use DIY Gift Wrapping Ideas to assist you through the gift wrapping process, with tutorials as well as design and packing ideas.

Message From Santa!

By: Fist Class Media B.V.
Cost: Free
Available: App Store and Google Play 

The children in your life will love this app. You can request free personalised phone calls or video messages from Santa!

Christmas RADIO

By: MyIndieApp.com
Cost: Free
Available: App Store and Google Play 

What’s on your party playlist? This app has got you sorted!


World Energy Conservation Day

Globally, 14 December marks World Energy Conservation Day – a day to highlight the importance of energy consumption and its impact on the sustainability of global ecosystems.

We can all do our part in energy conservation on the individual level – check out these tips by WWF and the Australian Government for some ideas.

However, there’s also conversation around energy conservation at a larger scale. One significant issue in energy conservation under discussion is around how buildings, particularly government or public buildings, can be retrospectively re-fitted to significantly reduce their energy and water consumption.

Interested? The following snapshot of open access research, held in Griffith Research Online, reflects some of the conversations being held around energy efficiency and building retrofits:

You can read more Griffith University research on energy conservation here.


Get free tutoring and feedback on drafts with Smarthinking

Did you know that you can get free personalised tutoring and feedback on drafts, 24/7, with expert online tutors?

We know, sounds too good to be true, right? But it’s not! It’s Smarthinking.

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Griffith students seeking advice on improving their writing skills, with options to:

  • submit your writing for detailed review
  • request an appointment with a tutor, or
  • submit questions online.

A tutor will then respond within 24 hours. The tutors can review your assessment pieces, and provide you with comments and suggestions for your writing including:

  • paragraph, standard essay or long essay review
  • grammar and documentation review.

Remember, though, the tutors are there to help you improve your writing – they’re not going to edit, proofread and fix your work though. That’s up to you! And an essential uni skill.

Follow the instructions on the Smarthinking webpage to access the service.

In addition to the Smarthinking service, the library also has a range of online self-help resources available, such as:


Logan campus turns 20!

It’s a very special day today – it’s our Logan campus’ 20th birthday!

To celebrate, we thought we’d bring you a bit of Logan campus history.

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Significant population growth in Logan City and surrounding areas in the early ’90’s gained the attention of elected powers. By 1993, with around 40% of the Logan population under 20 years of age, the Queensland and Australian Governments made establishing tertiary centres in this south-east Queensland area a priority.

In late 1994, Griffith University was asked to assist government in planning higher education facilities, not just for Logan City, but the entire Brisbane-Gold Coast corridor.

A hastily prepared and yet detailed master plan was released so that construction could begin in mid-1996. However, many challenges were faced along the way, including uncertainty over government and securing funding, constructing the campus and actually organising the staffing, academic structure, enrolments and teaching details for the University campus!

Despite the many challenges, by the end of 1998, all major construction and infrastructure works for Stage 1 had been completed at a cost of $38 million.

Logan campus was officially opened on 11 December 1998. 500 foundation students commenced at Logan studying 13 different courses. In many ways, Logan campus was an ‘experiment’ in tertiary education and continued our long tradition of innovative and alternative approaches to university education.

For example, the study areas offered had been developed in detailed consultation with local students, businesses and community groups. Over 4000 local year 11 and 12 students from the Greater Logan area responded to a Griffith University survey about what they wanted to see from a university in their area.

The campus held its first graduation ceremony in 2001 with 184 students graduating.

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Find out more about Logan campus and Griffith’s history on the Griffith Archive website.


Fastrack your research using our Library Guides

 

Imagine a place that had all your study guides ready to go; key information, databases, resources at your fingertips.

Well, lucky the trusty Griffith librarians are on it. Two words.

Library. Guides.

Our Library Guides compile all the databases and key information resources you’ll need for your subject area into one centralised area. Just go to the Borrowing and Resources library page and select your discipline under Library guides.

You can select a broad discipline, such as science and technology, or further narrow your selection to a specific subject, such as information technology.

This will help to ensure you’re not wasting time on research that isn’t the exact piece of information you need. Yep, we can hear you asking, ‘where has this been my whole life?!’

We have library guides for the below disciplines; click within the discipline for further subject-specific guides.


Notice something phishy? Here’s how to report it

Did you know that Australians spend nearly seven hours a day on phones, computers and tablets? (ABC News). That’s a lot of scrolling, clicking, liking, swiping, avoiding cyber-scams…

Griffith University’s cybersecurity team work hard to protect you online, but they need your help too.

If you’ve noticed activity that seems a little ‘phishy’–perhaps received an email, telephone call or strange request which doesn’t seem quite right–report it!

Why should you report a cyber security incident?

It helps protect our data, devices, identities and helps us keep on top of new threats as they evolve.  Also, reporting an incident can help reduce the potential for damage to the University by allowing the incident to be quickly brought under control.

What types of incidents should you report?

Anything that seems off, for example:

  • phishing emails
  • lost or stolen devices (such as laptops or unencrypted USBs)
  • unauthorised system access
  • unintended information disclosure
  • password compromise
  • malware or ransomware
  • a cybersecurity attack, such as a website defacement or other intrusion.

How to report an incident

Simply contact Griffith’s IT Service Centre:

  • email: ithelp@griffith.edu.au
  • phone: (07) 3735 555
  • online form.

Provide whatever information you are aware of based on:

  • what you observed or know about the incident
  • dates and times
  • people and places involved
  • any impact you are aware of
  • any other background information.

Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and we all need to be aware of suspicious attempts to obtain personal or university information in order to stay cybersafe. Let’s face it, no one enjoys having their data encrypted or losing money in an online scam.

For more information visit our cybersecurity website or email cybersecurity@griffith.edu.au.