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Changes for Windows users accessing Web and other Linux folders

During the 2021 Winter break, we will be making some changes to the way Linux folders are seen from Windows systems. This will break some old path recipes that have been in use over the last two decades. Paths that will be going away: the U: drive (for Tier 1 Windows users) the following paths [...]

2021-10-21T10:39:44-08:00October 21st, 2021|

Linux Home Directory permissions change – 10am on 10/12/2021

We will be making a slight home directory permissions change for all users on our systems. The end result will lock down access to user home directories so that only the owner of the account can access the files. We expect this to only affect a very small minority of users who have specifically opened [...]

2021-10-11T19:16:40-08:00October 11th, 2021|

Fall 2021 – Time for a new wave of phishing scam emails

At the start of each academic year, we usually see a variety of attempts by scammers and other miscreants to try and steal your credentials, get you to give up money or personal information, or get you to run malware. This term is already up and running with a “Covid Test” phishing campaign. Make sure [...]

2021-09-24T23:12:50-08:00September 20th, 2021|

Remote Access to MCECS Computer Labs – Fall 2021

Windows Computer Labs Remote Lab With the return to campus in Fall 2021, many of our Windows computer labs are returning to onsite-only operation. As the term begins, we will be offering a portion of FAB 55-17 (MCECS FAB General Lab - aka the “Intel Lab”) for remote access users to all MCECS students. MME [...]

2021-09-29T08:55:51-08:00September 20th, 2021|

Fall 2021 – FAB/EB building and computer lab access for MCECS students

Starting Fall term, access to the FAB/EB building is by PSU ID Badge only. We have added an online portal for MCECS students to request 24x7 access to FAB/EB and the following computer labs: FAB MCECS General Lab “Intel Lab” - FAB 55-17 EB MCECS General Lab “CadLab” - EB 325 CS “Particle” Linux Lab [...]

2021-09-20T01:27:01-08:00September 17th, 2021|

Ruby and Rita SSH Keys changing – config changes will be needed

If you are a user of the following Linux systems, read on: linux.cecs.pdx.edu ruby.cecs.pdx.edu rita.cecs.pdx.edu At about noon on Monday, August 2nd, 2021, we will be changing the SSH keys on the Linux computers listed above. Anyone who has been logging into these systems on a regular basis will be greeted with a verbose “host [...]

2021-07-28T19:38:53-08:00July 28th, 2021|

Changes to SSH host keys

In an attempt to modernize our SSH infrastructure, we’ve made some changes to SSH keys on our Linux computers. We’ve disabled DSA host keys, and enabled new ECDSA and ED25519 host keys. This process took a few days, and during that time a few hosts had their keys changed. If you are experiencing problems trying [...]

2021-07-27T18:34:15-08:00July 27th, 2021|

Report obvious phishing scam emails to directly to Gmail

As we see yet another version of the “Send me your available text number” type phishing scam making the rounds, one of the most effective things you can do is this: If the spam is pretty obvious, especially if you’ve seen a variant of it before, directly report it as phishing to Gmail as soon [...]

2021-06-17T18:55:43-08:00June 17th, 2021|

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|

Solidworks for Students currently unavailable

The Solidworks for Students offering is currently unavailable for new activations (or renewals). The vendor has changed their licensing scheme and we are working on departmental guidance for how this product may be provided to MCECS students in the future. If you need to use Solidworks, the production version is available in many of our [...]

2021-06-07T13:13:01-08:00June 7th, 2021|
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