Get student discounts on IT equipment and software

Technology.

We can’t live without it, can we? Well, not unless you’re super committed to a Live Free or Die lifestyle. But we certainly couldn’t survive uni without it, that’s for sure.

We’ve told you about the importance of anti-virus, but before that, you need a computer and software too. Luckily, there are student discounts available to help you with this.

If you’re after a new computer or IT equipment, Apple, Dell and HP all provide student discounts. You can find these at the HP Griffith store, Dell student deals and the Apple education store (you’ll need your Griffith logon to access the Apple store).

Once you’ve got your workstation, don’t forget the importance of protection! You can get 50% off selected Norton anti-virus products including Norton 360, Norton Internet Security, and Norton Internet Security for Mac. Just register your student email address and follow the prompts here.

You can also download a range of software from our Software Download Service, including EndNote, SAS, SPSS (annual subscription fee applies), Symantec Endpoint Protection and more. And don’t forget you can get Microsoft Office 365 for free!

Find more information at our IT Discounts webpage.


Use WhatsApp? You better read this

Where would we be without modern technology?

Probably getting lost a lot more frequently (no Google Maps to save us), not nearly as connected socially, likely going outside more often, and we’d have a lower chance of developing arthritis in our hands from excessive texting.

Modern technology helps us stay connected and on top of things. But just as fast as technology is evolving, hackers and cyber security threats are evolving too.

Now, we don’t suggest you put on a tin-foil hat and revert to using an old Nokia block phone. But you do need to be mindful of information security threats.

WhatsApp is a useful app; it allows us to easily stay in contact with friends around the globe. You know what’s not so great though? When things go wrong and a phising scam steals your bank details and personal information.

A new scam sent by an unofficial ‘The WhatsApp Team’ claiming ‘your subscription will be ending soon’ is currently in circulation.

The fake message warns that in order to continue to use the service, you need to update your payment information. The email includes a link for victims to sign in to a customer portal and update their details.

Warning: it’s a trap! If you follow this link, your personal and financial details can be exploited by cyber criminals.

So, if you receive this message – ignore and delete!

And stay safe: online, in bed, on the roads, in general.

Find more information at the Stay Smart Online page.


Is your email address safe?

You shop online using PayPal with complete confidence, don’t click on funny looking attachments, and are pretty certain that no, that Nigerian prince does not want to marry you.

You may think, ‘yeah, cyber hacks happen, but I’m careful, so they won’t happen to me.’ But, we ask you, please: be vigilant like Batman. Make your cyber world Batman’s Gotham City.

Recently, a cybersecurity researcher discovered a ‘spambot’ (tool for sending spam), comprising of an open and accessible server in the Netherlands which contains 711 million credentials including email addresses, some with passwords, collected from various data breaches.

Obviously you want to be like Batman (who wouldn’t?), so of course, you should be vigilant and check that your email address isn’t on this list.

It’s easy too – just visit Have I been Pwned and type in your email to check.

We’re also quite aware that it’s the 21st century, and most people have more than one email (personal, uni, your old hotmail from high school with a username you’d like to forget). Again, be vigilant – check them all!

Griffith is being vigilant too. Our Cybersecurity team has investigated and no Griffith University system has been compromised in this attack. However, a number of Griffith University email addresses were found on the Spambot list.

What does this mean? Basically, your Griffith account should be safe, unless you are in the habit of using the same password for Griffith systems as you use for external sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, web forums etc, or are in the habit of reusing the same password or a small group of passwords in rotation over and over again.

If this is the case and you do use the same password at Griffith as you do for other non-Griffith systems, please change your Griffith password immediately.

For more information on how to stay safe online, check out our Cyber Security webpage.


Get Microsoft Office 365 for free!

Stop right there!

We know Microsoft Office is kinda an essential software package for your uni studies. But before you go paying to download and install Microsoft 365 on your personal device, did you know that 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 devices. These include PCs, Macs and mobile devices including Android, iPad and Windows tablets.

Microsoft 365 for Education includes:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • OneNote
  • Unlimited OneDrive storage

To download, simply 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.

Super enthusiastic about Microsoft Office? 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 handy Student Resources centre where you can access an array of templates to make putting your document together easier. Want a schmick resume, poster or report template? #sorted. The Student Resources centre also has training tutorials and blogs with handy tips.


Catch up with Lecture Capture

You’re a student. You work hard, study hard, and enjoy a diet of mi goreng (and hopefully some more substantial food, too).

But sometimes life gets in the way. We get that occasionally you may get sick, get stuck in traffic (or stranded in a bus strike!), or just accidentally miss your 8am lecture.

With end of trimester fast approaching, we’re sure you want to catch up on any content you may have missed. Or simply revise before final exams.

Did you know you can watch Griffith University lectures online? Using Lecture Capture technology, lecturers make digital recordings of course material and deliver it to you via Learning@Griffith.

To access the recordings, simply log in to Learning@Griffith with your Griffith University username and password, and head on over to your course site.

For most recordings, you can choose whether to stream the lecture or download to your device. The streaming option allows you to view the recordings as a podcast (audio file) or vodcast (video file) online.

When you stream a recording you can search for text and bookmark important parts of each lecture; a super handy feature to have when it comes to exam revision time! You can even increase the speed of which you’re listening to the lecture, if you want to power through it.

The download option allows you to save a copy of the recording files (mp3 and m4v) to your device and play it without an Internet connection.

You can also listen to lecture recordings in a Learning Centre, Computer Lab or the Library. But be sure to use headphones so you don’t disturb those around you.

For more information about Lecture Capture, visit the Lecture Capture webpage. Or if you need IT support contact the IT Service Centre.


Stay organised with Google Drive

At the risk of sounding like your mother: organisation is important at uni. To stay on top of all the content you’ve learned this trimester, to organise your assignments, your exam notes, and just life in general.

With all this comes an array of files. So many files. You’ve probably got some in Learning@Griffith, some saved to your USB, some emailed to yourself, some saved to your harddrive, some saved to your student drive, and some quickly saved to your desktop with a title of ‘sdjfsdjkf’.

Can you guess what we’re going to say? Probably…

You’ve got to organise your files!

If you’re not already using your Google Drive, we suggest you start.

Google Drive is basically an online file storage system. As a student you automatically have a Google Drive account attached to your student email, and it comes with unlimited storage. It’s accessible from any computer browser and most mobile devices. All you need is a connection to the internet and you’re sweet to access it anywhere.

You can store any file in Drive: pictures, drawings, videos, and more. You only need to store a file in Drive on one device, and it will automatically be available on all your other devices.

There are three ways to get your files into Drive:

  • Upload files to Drive on the web
  • Store files using a desktop sync client
  • Upload files from your phone or tablet

Go to the Google Apps Learning Centre to find out how!

Another wonderful benefit of Google Drive is that you can share folders with other people, so they can see and edit the contents too – a lifesaver for group assignments!

Now, we aren’t suggesting you save your work exclusively on Google Drive. Save files to multiple places in case something goes horribly wrong. But when doing so, stay organised!

Watch this YouTube video for helpful tips to keep your Google Drive folders perfectly organised.


Did you know you can book a video conferencing room?

Sorry to state the obvious, but there’s been an immense increase in technology usage over the last few decades.

Remember back to a time before Google Maps could give you directions on your phone, and you’d actually have to plan out public transport journeys or directions beforehand. When if you had to wait in a long queue, you’d just have to wait, rather than checking social media on your phone to occupy yourself.

Those days are gone. Technology has advanced. The amount of computers in our libraries have increased, and the amount of books have decreased.

Now, we still have shelves filled with books, you know, in case you want to do some research, take a #bookface, or simply sniff a book (it’s not just us librarians that do that, right?).

Then we’ve got a whole array of study spaces. We’ve got silent study spaces so you can buckle down and study, quiet study spaces ‘cause sometimes you’ve gotta make a little bit of noise, social study spaces for collaboration, and bookable group study areas if you need a bit more privacy.

But, did you know that we also have private student video conferencing spaces at Gold Coast and Nathan campuses?

You can book these rooms online, just like the group study rooms. However while the booking method may be the same, the uses are actually very different.

You can use the student video conferencing spaces to:

  • Present and share information to a large screen via your laptop (or a borrowed library laptop).
  • Make a call to another Griffith Student Video Conference pod or staff member.
  • Skype, using your personal Skype details.

If all this sounds super fancy, but a little confusing – never fear!  We have how-to guides on the basics of using the video conferencing spaces, how to use Skype in the spaces, and how to present information on the screen.

Remember though, if you’re having a meeting that doesn’t require video conference technology, use a group study room instead.