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Keep your guard up against Ransomware Attacks

As seen in recent headlines, institutionally targeted ransomware attacks are on the rise. The initial entry for these attackers seem to use many of the same techniques that we have seen in the past so it is becoming very important, as frequent computer users, to keep our guard up. This is particularly important for faculty, [...]

2021-06-07T18:53:30-08:00June 7th, 2021|

What’s new and other info for MCECS computer users – Fall 2020

Greetings from the Computer Action Team! Fall 2020 is going to be a remotely-accessed experience for most MCECS users. Whether you’re a student, faculty, or staff, you can learn more about your MCECS account by following this link: https://cat.pdx.edu/users/getting-help/ We have built a resource that catalogs many of the most commonly asked questions we encountered [...]

2020-10-01T13:39:34-08:00October 1st, 2020|

Linux Login Changes for CAT supported systems (switching to Kerberos)

Logins to most CAT supported Linux systems are moving to a different underlying authentication system (known as “kerberos”). Here are the potential side effects of that change. 1) Login using password This is the most common method used for logging in. With a few exceptions, users will not notice any change. If you are unable [...]

2020-11-23T18:39:17-08:00September 9th, 2020|

PhpMyAdmin/phpPgAdmin going behind MCECS authentication

MySQL and Postgres users, As a security measure, we are putting the externally available web interfaces for our user based MySQL and Postgres database servers on db.cecs.pdx.edu behind MCECS authentication. This means that users who want to get to those interfaces will have to first authenticate with their MCECS credentials (login/password). For MySQL details, see: [...]

2020-07-27T01:45:15-08:00July 27th, 2020|

Postgres and MySQL web interfaces going behind the firewall

[For database/web developers in MCECS] While direct client access to CAT managed Postgres and MySQL database services are firewalled, the web interfaces for manipulating those databases, phpPgAdmin and phpMyAdmin, have been directly accessible without the need for a VPN. On Wednesday, June 17th, we will be locking down access to these web interfaces as well. [...]

2020-06-09T16:46:58-08:00June 9th, 2020|

What the Tutors Do

  Note: Due to COVID-19, the CS tutors will not be hosting drop-in tutoring in person. Please use their email or Penji to get assistance. What the Tutors Do This document is an outline of what students and instructors should expect from the Computer Science Tutors of Portland State University. Please contact the [...]

2022-04-13T15:57:42-08:00September 18th, 2017|

Directions to CS Tutors

  Note: Due to COVID-19, the CS tutors will not be hosting drop-in tutoring in person. Please use their email or slack channel to get assistance. Directions We are located in the basement of the Fourth Avenue Building, directly underneath the Engineering Building. Campus Map:   Enter through the Engineering Building: [...]

2020-09-13T14:13:29-08:00September 18th, 2017|

CS Tutors

Mission The Tutors have been hired by the Computer Science Department to help students in CS161 through CS299 with coursework, programming, and the MCECS computing environment. The Tutors are Computer Science students who have strong communication skills and a demonstrated mastery of the basic undergraduate Computer Science curriculum. The mission of this team [...]

2022-04-13T15:59:12-08:00June 9th, 2017|
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