Protect your computer against viruses

Prevention is better than cure

Have you ever had a virus on your computer? We hope not, but just FYI – they’re not fun.

However, with more and more technological developments computer viruses are becoming increasingly common. For example, you may have heard in the news about the current WannaCry ransomeware attacks

This specific virus encrypts your computer’s files, and demands that you pay a ransom in order to regain access to your files. Doesn’t sound like fun, right? We told you.

So, what can you do to protect against these viruses? Well, most importantly, ensure you have anti-virus software installed on your computer!

As a Griffith student, you can download Symantec Endpoint Protection through our Software Download Service for free. Yes, it’s free! So there’s no excuse not to do it.

Just follow our instructions to access the Software Download Service, select the Symantec Endpoint Protection folder and your operating system, and run the executable file.

If you want further protection, you could also download Norton 360 or Norton Internet Security. While these incur a free, Griffith Students get 50% off, and we reckon that’s an alright saving! You can find out more about Norton Student Savings here.

Once you’ve gotten your anti-virus software sorted, there are a few more things to you can to do protect against computer viruses, so check out our post on how to secure your virtual world, and keep yourself protected online.


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.


Help us recycle!

At Griffith, we pride ourself on many things. Have you seen the ads? We’re remarkable.

One of our greatest strengths is our commitment to sustainability. We achieve this in big ways – like the new Gold Coast car park topped with solar panels, and small ways – like recycling batteries and E-Waste.

And if you haven’t already, we’d like you to join in!

Do you go through mobile phones like Taylor Swift goes through boyfriends? Or are there more old batteries lying about your home than there are Ibis in the South Bank Parklands? If so, we want you.

Griffith University Libraries have E-Waste disposal stations at all campuses, as well as in the student centres at Logan, Mt Gravatt, and South Bank, The Chancellery at Gold Coast, and the EcoCentre at Nathan.

You can drop off any of the following:

  • Laptop batteries
  • Household batteries
  • Mobile phones
  • Mobile phone batteries

Your participation in this recycling initiative helps to prevent potentially toxic materials from entering Australian landfill. And an added plus – it provides a way for you to securely dispose of your old mobile device which may be full of your personal info.

Find out more information on the battery and mobile phone recycling stations webpage.


Check out our video conferencing spaces

In the 21st century, people are using libraries for so much more than simply retrieving books.

All of our Griffith libraries have different types of spaces for you to use. We have shelves filled with books (obvs); sometimes tired students nap in the aisles between these, but we suggest you don’t – it’s an OH&S hazard.

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. But though 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.


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)

More books for borrowing? Bonus!

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Searched our Griffith library catalogue like a pro and still can’t find the book you’re after? If that’s the case, how about trying BONUS+?

If you haven’t heard of BONUS+ before, that’s OK – a lot of people haven’t. But it’s certainly worth taking a look at (trust us, we’re librarians, we know books!).

BONUS+ is a resource sharing project that Griffith University staff and students can use to request books from participating University libraries in Australia and New Zealand.

If the book you need is not held at any of our Griffith University Libraries or is out on loan, you can request it online from another BONUS+ library and collect it a few days later from your selected pickup location.

“How do I access this service?” you ask. Simple:

  • Search the library catalogue 
  • Click the Menu icon (it’s three horizontal lines at the top right)
  • Select Can’t find that book? BONUS+ (look for the little green button!)
  • Search for the book you want in the BONUS+ catalogue
  • Select Request this item if the book is available at a BONUS+ library
  • Select Griffith University
  • Click Submit above information
  • Enter your Griffith username and password
  • Choose your Pickup Location
  • Click Submit

Check out our BONUS+ webpage for information on how to access the service, as well as what you can can borrow and for how long.


How to find available computers on campus

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So, you’re at uni and have a ghastly four-hour break between lectures. What do you do? Some people may suggest catching up with friends, grabbing a bite to eat, or hitting one of our on-campus gyms.

But we’re the library, so of course we’re going to suggest you get a bit of study in! Plus, start studying early and your week 12 self will so thank you for it, we promise.

To help you study, you’ll find an array of common use computer labs across all campuses. Super keen? We even have dedicated 24-hour computer labs.

And don’t forget that Griffith students are welcome to use resources at any campus – enrolled at South Bank but want to study at Logan? No problems!

Find out all computer lab locations (including which ones are 24 hours) here. You can even check in advance how many computers are free in the lab you’re intending to go to.

All computers in common use computer labs will have standard software including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, and various internet browsers.

Sometimes you require specialised software or hardware for your course. In these instances, your School may provide access to this through school-based computer labs (for further info about these facilities, contact your school).

Software may vary between locations, and you can check out the full list of available software on computers here.  

Check out our student computing page for more information on using our computers.