Sort your computing for Trimester 3 with these student discounts

Are you currently preparing yourself for your first ever Trimester 3, excited at the prospect of finishing your degree sooner? Organising your books, timetable, workstation?

Well, while you’re getting all your stuff organised – which we’re guessing that is likely to include a computer or laptop – don’t forget that as a Griffith student you are entitled to student discounts on various software and hardware.

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.


Are you a cyber security warrior or sleepwalker?

It’s already October and it would be easy to ask where has the year gone?

But we’re pretty excited because this month, the world is celebrating National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

We are hearing almost every day in the news about the latest breach or hack (not to mention the foreign prince who wants to marry me). So it’s time to brush up on some good practices around passwords, data protection and your online identity.

‘Too hard basket’ you say? Not now we’ve found the perfect place to start with some easy basics: Australia’s Stay Smart Online website.

Tips to protect yourself online
This isn’t just for your desktop, don’t forget you need to protect all your devices: laptop, mobile, tablet.

Passphrases

  • Use different, strong, hard-to-guess passphrases on all your devices.
  • Don’t arbitrarily mix letters, numbers and symbols to make a password. Instead, create passwords that are more memorable.
  • Don’t use your street address or numeric sequences such as 1234567.

Protect your stuff

  • Griffith students get free anti-virus software, so download or update it now!
  • Install adequate firewalls.
  • Set a password or pin; make sure they are different.
  • Install reputable anti theft/loss protection—your device’s retailer or service provider can provide recommendations.
  • Use your device’s automatic update feature to install new applications and operating system updates as soon as they are available.
  • When you get rid of a computer or device, make sure you have removed all your personal data and try to clean the hard drive.

Be cautious with emails

  • Be suspicious of emails from people you don’t know or that look unusual—it may be spam email with malicious software attached.
  • Don’t share your email address online unless you need to and consider setting up a separate email address just to use for online forms or shopping.
  • As much as possible, have separate email accounts for personal and business use.
  • Use a spam filter to catch dangerous messages before they get to your inbox.
  • Delete spam messages without opening them and never reply to them.
  • Do not open any attachments if the source of the message is unknown or suspicious—do not enable macros on documents from an untrustworthy sender.

Wifi

  • Protect your wireless connection with a strong password.
  • Make sure remote management on your modem or router is disabled.
  • If you are using public wifi, make sure your computer has its firewall enabled, your software is up-to-date and you have a good anti-virus program installed.
  • Don’t use public wifi for sending sensitive emails, accessing your online banking or using your credit card while connected (and make sure your apps with this information are closed).

You can also visit Griffith University’s Cybersecurity website for more info and tips.


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.


What you need to know about our computer labs

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We’ve got a lot of great resources around campus, to cater to all your student and study needs.

Like our array of food shops to ensure you can always fill your stomach, or get that much needed coffee. Or our sport facilities so that you can keep your body active as well as your mind. Then there’s our handy online self-help resources such as Study Smart.

Let’s not forget the study spaces we have throughout all our campuses. There are places like the Goanna Lounge for when you’ve had a big day and need to chill (or maybe have a sneaky nap), or our libraries where you’ll find social, quiet and silent study spaces.

And computer labs – oh so many computer labs! You’ll find common use computer labs across all campuses. Super keen? We even have dedicated 24-hour computer labs.

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!

But before you rush off to the computer lab only to find that everyone else is just as studious as you and there are no free computers, why not check computer availability first?

You can find out all computer lab locations (including which ones are 24 hours) here, as well as 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 may 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 faculty).

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


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.


Hack-a-thon, a success!

Our first Hack-a-thon was an awesome success!

A huge congrats to all participants who worked their behinds off and pumped out some amazing work!

The event kicked off with guest speaker, Daniel Ngo from Entrepreneur Haus (check out Daniel’s speech on Facebook). The students were given a short brief and let loose for 30 hours to develop an innovative and creative app.

There was yawning, there was napping, there were odd smells… but nothing an emergency supply of toothbrushes and toothpaste couldn’t fix. The energy drinks were flowing, the brains were pumping and the students created some amazing work and learnt some valuable lessons. “I learnt that the presentation is just as, if not more important, as the product itself” said one student.  Another student loved the real world experience “where like-minded people gather and work towards a common goal”.

Congratulations to our innovative first prize winners. Taking home $2000 was Damien Robinson, Joaquin Ramirez Reyes and Joshua Murchie. They blew the judges away with their creative answer to planning your degree and subject choices.

Taking out second prize and $1000 was Jaden Vaniersel, Ian Murnane, Harley Jarrett. They built an app allowing you to share locations, events, study tips and a very helpful assignment countdown clock – what student doesn’t need that?!

Best User Interface and $500, went to Harrison Croaker, William Fischer and Carl Humphries for their ‘M8te’ design.

Thank you to Greg Phipps, our very own alumni and Technical Program Manager, Google Maps, and Leigh Ellen Potter, Senior Lecturer, School of ICT, who provided some wise words to the participants. Their videos provided relief and inspiration during their short breaks.

Thanks to our sponsor, Grove Juice for keeping the students hydrated. Read the rest of this entry »


Discover your student discounts

Back to school bargains are a year-round bonus for enrolled Griffith students.

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Whether you’re a returning student or just getting ready to join us next month, you’ve probably realised student budgeting isn’t easy even if you only eat Mie goreng noodles.

But we’ve got a silver lining that could help save a few pennies! As a Griffith student you have access to some pretty brilliant computing and software savings. So, prepare for your wallet to get a little healthier…

Software

Student software discounts are available for a range of software applications. The full list is available online.

Office 365 Education for Students is available for free to students who are enrolled at Griffith University. Install Office on up to five PCs or Macs and on other mobile devices, including Android, iPad®, and Windows tablets. You don’t need a Product Key, just check your eligibility and download it directly from Microsoft.

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The Symantec Norton offer for Griffith University includes 50% off selected Norton products, Norton 360, Norton Internet Security and Norton Internet Security for Mac. Register with your Griffith email address to receive this discount.

It’s Griffith in the palm of your hand! Campus maps, timetables, events, course materials, library, news, bus timetables and more. Available on any smartphone including Apple iOS and Android devices. All other devices can access the app via the mobile web site.

Computing discounts

If you are interested in purchasing laptops or other computer equipment for study then our friends over at Dell, HP and Apple provide student discounts for Griffith University students. Visit your fav computing brand’s student website and shop until your heart’s content – Dell Student Deals, Apple Education Store, or HP Griffith Store.

  • Still saving up for a new shiny laptop?

Griffith also provides a range of computers for student use. These include:

  • Common-usecomputer labs: these are available for all students to use. Some labs are available 24/7; view the availability on your campus now. Common-use computers are also available in the library.
  • Schoolbased computers: some areas of study have specialist computing needs and the relevant school provides access for this. These may be PC or Mac labs. For further information about access to these facilities, contact your school.
  • Laptops are available to borrow from the library for free.

For more great deals or information, visit Griffith’s Student Computing.