The lowdown on available software

There are a bunch of essential things you’re gonna need for uni. Access to the technology you need, study skills, the ability to turn off Netflix and actually do your assignment (we believe in you!!!), etc.

Now, while we can’t force you to sit in front a computer and actually do your work, we can provide you with the software you need to do your work.

We’ve got a bunch of computers around campus, just waiting for you to plonk yourself in front of and start smashing out some assignments.

While they’re all loaded up with the standard software – MS Office, Adobe, and various internet browsers – further applications vary between locations.

You can find a comprehensive list of current computer lab software applications here.

Some areas of study do have specialist software, and in this case your school will provide access to this. For access to specialised labs, contact your school.

If you’re more of the study-from-home type, you can download a great range of software for home use.

You can download the following software for home use through the Software Download Service:

  • EndNote
  • Leximancer
  • NVivo
  • SAS
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection

There are also a number of vendors who offer software to students at no cost or at discounted costing (find more information at the vendor discounted software webpage). This software includes:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud for Education
  • Autodesk Education
  • EViews Student Edition
  • Microsoft Imagine (formerly Dreamspark)
  • SPSS and AMOS for Students (note – an annual fee applies)

And, if you’ve been living under a rock (read: haven’t visited us at a market day stall or followed our social media), don’t forget you can download Microsoft Office 365 for University for free.

You can find further information on the Available Software webpage.


Anti-virus software: the unsung hero

Do you ever experience the situation where you feel like what you do isn’t appreciated at all, and instead people only notice if something goes wrong?

Like, you totally could be perusing a career congruent with Walter White’s, but you’re not. Yet your parents are bugging you ‘cause your room’s messy? Umm, you’re welcome mum and dad that this is your biggest complaint; appreciate me.

Well, it’s basically the same with anti-virus. Do you ever sit at your computer and think ‘gee, it sure is nice how a virus didn’t just encrypt all of my files?’ Nope? Didn’t think so.

But just like your strong will has prevented you from becoming the next Pablo Escobar, anti-virus software will help prevent cyber hackers from stealing your personal information and becoming you!

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.


The lowdown on available software

You’ve probably heard: we’ve got a bunch of computers around campus, just waiting for you to plonk yourself in front of and start smashing out some assignments.

While they’re all loaded up with the standard software – MS Office, Adobe, and various internet browsers – further applications vary between locations.

So, before you settle in for an afternoon of work in the G11 computer lab check it actually has the software you need. You can find a comprehensive list of current computer lab software applications here.

Some areas of study do have specialist software, and in this case your school will provide access to this. For access to specialised labs, contact your school.

Now, if you’re more of the study-from-home type (hey, it’s so cold, we don’t blame you for wanting to be under the doona), you can download a great range of software for home use.  

You can download the following software for home use through the Software Download Service:

  • doPDF
  • EndNote
  • Naive
  • Leximancer
  • SAS
  • SPSS (note: an annual subscription fee applies)
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection

And, if you’ve been living under a rock (read: haven’t visited us at a market day stall or followed our social media), don’t forget you can download Microsoft Office 365 for University for free.

You can find further information on the Available Software webpage.


How much do you love your computer?

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Show your computer some love and install Symantec Endpoint Protection

 

Right this minute, we’re guessing your PC or laptop is the love of your life. Or as Whitney Houston croons in her hit 80’s song, it’s: ‘the greatest love of all’.

As a uni student, your computer possibly contains 1353 words of your essay due next week (eeek!) and three gazillion gigabytes worth of photos from your ENTIRE life (well, this semester anyway).

With great love comes great responsibility. You need to take care of your computer so it doesn’t catch a virus.

According to PC Mag: ‘The effect of the virus may be a simple prank that pops up a message on screen out of the blue, or it may destroy programs and data right away or on a certain date. For example, the famous Michelangelo virus contaminated the machine on Michelangelo’s birthday’ (PC Mag Encyclopedia).

The sad face emoji isn’t sad enough to express how crummy it would be to lose all the data on your computer. Luckily, we’ve got a free solution for you. All Griffith students can access Symantec Endpoint Protection on their device for FREE.

Symantec Endpoint Protection is a leading antivirus and security solution for desktop devices.  It is designed to ‘protect against advanced threats with powerful, layered protection backed by industry-leading security intelligence’. See the Symantec website for system requirements.

You can access Symantec Endpoint Protection via the Software Download Service (SDS) on your Griffith University Google Drive account. Head to the Software Services website for handy instructions on accessing home use software.