Start the new year off right with student IT discounts

Are you ready to delve into your study for 2018?

If you’re on the lookout for a new laptop, computer, tablet or some anti-virus software, we’ve got you covered.

As a Griffith University student, you’re eligible for discounts with:

And don’t forget, you have access to a free Office 365 account. You can install Outlook and Office 365 apps on your mobile devices.

For more information, visit our IT discounts webpage.

Top 25 worst passwords for 2018


New year, new password! It’s crucial our online accounts are as secure as possible. Imagine, your accounts get hacked, you can’t login and share your breakfast, breathing gets heavier, eyes widen, lungs start collapsing and finally, the world implodes. We understand, creating a password which is safe can seemingly need to contain an uppercase letter, a number, a haiku, hieroglyph, unicorn blood and the sacrifice of your heart. So, what happens in the end? You choose one that’s just way too obvious!

We can only thank the team at SplashData for making their annual list of the year’s worst passwords, based on 5 million which were leaked online. We hope this data can prompt you to start off your 2019 as cybersafe as ever!

So, what made the naughty list?

  1. 1. 123456
  2. 2. password
  3. 3. 123456789
  4. 4. 12345678
  5. 5. 12345
  6. 6. 111111
  7. 7. 1234567
  8. 8. sunshine
  9. 9. qwerty
  10. 10. iloveyou
  11. 11. princess
  12. 12. admin
  13. 13. welcome
  14. 14. 666666
  15. 15. abc123
  16. 16. football
  17. 17. 123123
  18. 18. monkey
  19. 19. 654321
  20. 20. !@#$%^&*
  21. 21. charlie
  22. 22. aa123456
  23. 23. donald
  24. 24. password1
  25. 25. qwerty123

Have a look at the full article in Newstex Global Business Blogs, available via the ProQuest database.

Is your password secure enough? Check out the password management webpage for some tips to keep cybersafe.

Show us your best Griffith Then & Now photo and you could win $100!

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Ever wondered what Griffith University looked like waaay back in the ‘70s? You know, when the students wore flares, the buildings weren’t air-conditioned (gasp!), there was no WiFi in sight and the University was just in its infancy?

Luckily, we have the Griffith Archive to show us all of Griffith’s history.

We’ve trawled through and found some remarkable photos that inspired us to compare – Griffith: Then and Now.

We’ve had a go creating Then and Now photos – now it’s your turn!

How to enter

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Need some inspiration? Head on over to our Griffith University ‘Then’ photos album on the Griffith Archive facebook page for some ‘then’ shots of Griffith University. We would love to see what you can ‘now’ do with these old ‘then’ photos!

Entries will be regrammed on @griffitharchive and @griffithlibrary Instagram pages – the entry with the most likes will score a sweet $100!

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Get free Microsoft training delivered by experts

Everybody likes a freebie, right?

Microsoft Virtual Academy provides free online training by world-class experts for all things Microsoft – Excel, PowerPoint, Word, visualisation, analysis, programming, app development, and more.

Want to learn to build an app, add some courses to your LinkedIn profile, improve your MS Office skillz, or are you just plain bored?

Microsoft Virtual Academy has you covered.

There are courses to suit everyone; from academics, students, developers and marketing professionals. Courses range from beginner to advanced level, so don’t be scared off! You can easily browse the courses available by product, topic or skill level to find your perfect fit.

The learning process is engaging with step-by-step instructions and tutorials, as well as the opportunity to participate in live Q&A sessions with instructors. It allows you to easily manage your learning plans and track your progress.

Some popular courses include:

Stay in-the-know with Griffith Uni IT this year

Of course you’re following the Library social media, right? We keep you informed about our library services, resources, events and much more over Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our Library Blog right here.

Well, during this digital age, we reckon you’ll probably want to keep up-to-date with all of our Griffith University IT services, too.

Start the year on the right virtual foot. Find out about the IT services we offer, news and updates, IT discounts, events and interesting IT information by following @GriffithUniIT on:

Are you finished with your toothbrush? We want it!

Is your toothbrush looking worse for wear? Your toothpaste tube squeezed empty?

Before you go to bin your oral waste products, stop and think of your Griffith University library. Why on earth for, you ask? Well, we’ve partnered with Terracycle to recycle oral care product packaging.

We have special recycling bins at all our campus libraries for you to deposit oral care waste. You can drop off toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrush and toothpaste tube outer packaging and floss containers.

We do ask however, that you remove excess product from your items before you place them in the recycling bins.

TerraCycle recycles the vast majority of the waste that we collect. According to their website, ‘the tubes and brushes are separated by composition, shredded and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products’.

Just think. Your humble little toothbrush could be melted down to become a brand new product. It could become a bench, a picnic table, or even a playground.

Okay, so maybe it would take more than one toothbrush…

Study smarter not harder with Study Smart

When it comes to study skills, the library is here to help!

Our brand spankin’ new Study Tips webpage will help you start the year on the right foot and prepare for study in 2019 by getting on top of:

Once you delve into your study, our online Study Smart tutorial covers everything you’ll need to know to ace the trimester! There’s info on:

Need more help? You’ll also find helpful links to other online training and support, such as:

  • Microsoft Virtual Academy – free online training in the various versions of Microsoft Office. Step-by-step instructions and videos are available in Word, Excel and other Microsoft Office products that allow you to improve your digital skills.
  • Smarthinking – a free 24/7 online tutoring service available to all Griffith students seeking advice on improving their writing skills. Students can also submit their assignment draft for review and receive a response in 24 hours.