Cyber security alert: bogus Griffith library emails

There has recently been a spate of fake library system notices sent to Griffith University staff and students which attempt to steal your username and password and potentially other personal information.

While there are a few variations of the email, most have the Subject: ‘Library Notifications’ and have a falsified From: address of ‘libraries@griffith.edu.au’.

The body of the email contains a claim that your library account access will expire soon due to ‘security precautions established to protect the University Libraries System’. It will tell you that you need to ‘renew your library account on a regular basis’ and to click on the given link.

Clicking on the link takes you to a malicious website, crafted to look exactly like Griffith’s Single Sign-On (SSO) Login page. This site is able to steal any username and passwords entered.

If you believe that you may have entered your login details on the fake login page, please change your Griffith password immediately.

Here are some tips on spotting bogus emails:

  • Does the address of the sender seem real?  Quite often phishing emails have a real looking name but the email address itself is a free email service rather than a Griffith address.
  • Is the email full of errors? While we all make the occasional spelling and grammatical errors, bogus emails tend to have a lot of errors in only a few sentences.
  • Does the email demand you click on a link and login to something immediately, otherwise you’ll lose access? They’re deliberately worded to make you curious or worried so you click on the link without thinking twice.
  • Is the email from a completely unexpected source? If you’ve not entered a lottery or competition, you cannot have won.

Please forward any suspicious emails to the Information Security team.


You need to read this if you have Facebook

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Everyone has Facebook, right?

Well, if you look at the stats, it’s not all of you, but it’s most of you.

According to Social Media Statistics Australia, 7 in 10 Australians use Facebook, and approximately 50% of the Australian population logs into Facebook on a daily basis (May 2017).

That’s why we, @griffithunilibrary, have a Facebook page. You may have come across it in your online travels. It’s chock full of library news, study tips, competitions and general library goodness.

Now, this post isn’t just a ploy to get you to follow us on Facebook. Okay, yes it is. But we really think Facebook is an amazing tool to help keep up-to-date on what’s happening at your library, and your university.

For instance, did you know that other areas of Griffith University are on Facebook as well?

There’s the official Griffith University Facebook, of course. We ALL follow them, don’t we? But there’s also Griffith Careers, Student Services, the UniBar and What’s On. And that’s not even half of them.

We recommend following your School or Campus Facebook pages, such as Griffith International, Griffith Film School, Griffith Law School, Logan Campus or Queensland College of Art.

Okay, we’ll stop now. There’s just too many to shamelessly plug here.

Go to the Griffith University Social Media page to find all the Griffith University Facebook (and other social media) accounts you can follow.

Psssst, have we mentioned that @griffithlibrary is also on Insta?


How to measure scholarly impact with a donut

You already log in when you search the library catalogue on campus, but from Wednesday 21 June you’ll also need to log in when you search off-campus.

Why? Because we have some cool new features that only Griffith folk can see. Donuts. That’s right, our library catalogue now displays an Altmetric donut to highlight the impact and popularity of publications.

Hover over the donut to explore online shares, comments and discussion relating to publications.

Altmetric tracks:

  • influence on or use in public policy documents
  • mentions in news articles, blogs and YouTube
  • online reference managers such as Mendeley
  • social media shares, likes and engagement on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • citations in Wikipedia
  • and more.

Altmetric begins collating the online mentions and shares of your research as soon as it’s published. So you can get timely feedback on impact and engagement long before any citation data becomes available.

We also display traditional metrics including citation counts from Web of Science and Scopus.

You can use these features to measure the scholarly research impact of your own publications, follow a trail of research forward in time, or to identify seminal works.

For more tips on measuring scholarly impact, check out Module 11 of our Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules. Read the rest of this entry »


Storing your files, made easy

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Did you know that your student email is Gmail based?

And with that comes a whole suite of associated apps, you’ve just gotta click the Google Apps icon at the top right to get to them (hint, it looks like nine small cubes). To get to Google Drive, you just click on the Google Drive option!

So, what is Google Drive? It’s basically a free online file storage system.

Google Drive allows you to easily store your photos, documents, slides, drawings, sheets, videos – anything. Your files in Drive can be reached from any mobile device or computer. So wherever you go, your files go. You can quickly invite others to view, download and collaborate.

Benefits include:

  • Unlimited free storage – no more running out of space.
  • Access everywhere – you can access your files anywhere either via the web or offline by installing Google Drive onto your computer, smartphone or tablet.  
  • Automatic syncing – if you change a file on the web, on your computer or on your mobile device it will automatically update on every device you have installed Google Drive.
  • Secure backup –with Google Drive you will always have your files safely stored in the cloud should anything happen to your computing device. #lifesaver
  • Easy and secure collaboration – you can share files with colleagues and edit them together on any device. So super handy for group assignments! You can also manage exactly who you share your files with and what level of access they will have (view only, or edit).

How convenient, right? I bet you’re kicking yourself as to why you haven’t been using Google Drive already!

No more tears over lost USBs full of all your important assessment! Though, do remember to backup your work and not store it all in the one location.


Roll up, roll up, and get Microsoft 365 for free!

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Don’t go paying to download and install Microsoft 365 on your personal device. As a Griffith University student you get access to Microsoft 365 for Education for free.

Enrolled Griffith students can download Office 365 for Education directly from Microsoft and install it on up to five PCs or Macs and mobile devices, including Android, iPad, and Windows tablets.

Microsoft 365 for Education includes:

Basically, all the Microsoft products you need to succeed in your studies.

So, how do you actually download and install this software? Simple!

Go to the Microsoft Office website, type in your Griffith email address, and click get started. Then follow the prompts to download onto your personal device.

However, the freebies don’t stop here! Once it’s installed, you can access free training to learn how to use the products or improve your existing skills.

There’s also a super handy Student Resources centre where you can access an array of templates to make putting your document together easier, blogs with handy tips and interesting information, and training.


Use your skills to win part of $3500!

 

Are you a totally tech savvy student? Maybe you’re involved in IT, marketing, app development, or project management? Or maybe you just want to learn how to create an app (hey, that’ll look sweet on your #resume #workskills).

We’re building a few apps and we want to get our super talented students involved in designing the app – from the ground up!

To get involved, you can register as an individual or as a team. Ultimately, you’ll be working in groups of three to four people to develop a web/mobile application based on the top 5 app ideas from our app idea competition, and showcase it to the judges. Oh, and you can also win a lot of money:

  • $2000 for the winning team of the Hack-a-thon
  • $1000 for the runner-up team of the Hack-a-thon
  • $500 for best UI design

So, how’s this all going to work? We throw open the doors to the Gold Coast Library at 9am Saturday 29 April and you have 30 hours to work on the app and enjoy life! And, we are totally feeding you as well so register now and just tell everyone you were there to build an app.

  1. When: 9am 29 April to 4pm 30 April 2017
  2. Where: Gold Coast Campus Library (The Cow Patch)

Want to win $2000? Register for the Hack-a-thon

The first-ever Griffith University Student Hack-a-thon is getting closer!

It’s going to be held on 29-30 April at our Gold Coast campus library (that’s only three weeks away people!). So we need to get cracking and find our teams of student hackers.

Are you keen? If you want to develop and showcase a web/mobile application and potentially WIN a stash of cash (in the form of a pre-paid Visa Card) you need to head on over to the Hack-a-thon web page.

Registrations for the Hack-a-thon have just opened and we strongly encourage you to apply. Simply, fill out our online form and register for the weekend event.

You can register as an individual, a pair or a group of three or four. If you register as an individual or pair, you will be assigned to a group before the Hack-a-thon commences.

Although, we are most definitely looking for techy-types to write the code (is this you? Sign up now!), we need students with other skills as well.

If you are studying graphic design, marketing, project management, or anything really, sign up to be part of our crack team of student hackers.

It’s going to be 30 hours of hacking fun with guest speakers, pizza and prize money. Here’s the breakdown of what prizes are up for grabs:

  • $2000 for the winning team of the Hack-a-thon
  • $1000 for the runner-up team of the Hack-a-thon
  • $500 for best UI design

Registrations will be open until 5pm, Friday 21 April 2017. Register now!