Students

Paid-in Print Credit? Your funds will be moved to Waves Cash Global after 5/19/2017

The School of Law is retiring its proprietary student printing system.

We are finally moving to the University’s standard copier/print system.  The old system will be taken off-line on Friday, May 19, 2017.

This means that students who have paid for additional print credit will have their funds moved to the University system.

Waves Cash Global?

If you have paid money into your printing account here at the School of Law (Paid-in Print Credit), we will transfer those funds to a University-managed account (Waves Cash Global) starting May 19, 2017.

If you did not pay into your School of Law printing account (called “Pharos Uniprint”) the print credit that was advanced to you by the Law Library each term will not be transferred. As you probably recall, each term the law library advanced print credit to you each term.  All unused print credit advanced by the Law Library was zeroed out at the end of each term and then renewed at the beginning of each term.

This old system will be retired on 5/19/2017 and will be replaced with a system managed by the University that relies upon funds associated with your Pepperdine ID card — Waves Cash.  If you have not added money to your Pepperdine ID card, you should check out this site for more information.  This system supports purchases in the Pepperdine cafeterias in Southern California as well as printing and copying.

Refunds?

The University has a process for refunds from the Waves Cash Global system. Note that you can also spend the Waves Cash Global funds by using your Pepperdine ID card in a campus cafeteria or on the copier/printer system that was installed last August (2016).

To request a refund you must go to this site and follow the process outlined there:
https://community.pepperdine.edu/it/services/webdeposit/onecardfaq.htm#refund

But please note that the transfer of paid-in funds will not be started until 5/19/2017 when the old School of Law printing system goes off-line.

It may take a few days to be completed.

 

 

Google Docs Massive Phishing Scam

As you may have heard, over a million Google users were hit by a phishing scam on May 3rd. This scam came in the form of an email that looked a lot like a harmless invite from a Google user to join a Google document. Now, if you were suspicious (and I hope you were), you may have noticed that the email was addressed to hhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. When you see something like this or the red warning bar from Gmail (see left), this should be a pretty good indicator that something is amiss.

Just in case you may have accidentally clicked on the blue button invite, which was cleverly disguised to look remarkably like a legitimate Google button, here’s what you can do to protect yourself from further compromise by the spammer.

  1. Reset your password. This is one of the best ways to prevent a hacker from continued access to your account.
  2. Run Google’s Security Checkup to see what programs and add-ons have been granted access to your account. Look for an app called Google Docs, and remove it. It’s not really Google Docs and if you accidentally remove something you need, you can always grant access to it again the next time you attempt to open a legitimate Google Doc.

Once again, don’t open ANYTHING, even an email, from someone you don’t know or recognize and definitely don’t click on any links in emails from people you don’t know or aren’t familiar with why you were sent the message.

 

Do NOT INSTALL Windows 10 Creators Update: ExamSoft support concerns

Note that Microsoft has released a new version of Windows 10 called Windows 10 Creators Update.

If you do this you will be jeopardizing the smooth running of ExamSoft SofTest.

Consider this concern every time you look at updating to a new version of your operating system if you intend to use that system for exams.

Thank you for sharing this message far and wide.

If you have already installed this update, all is not lost.  There is a workaround.  Please see THIS INSTRUCTIONAL DOCUMENT to effect the necessary modification to your operating system so that it will work with ExamSoft SofTest.

 

Securely Delete Files on Macs


Do you ever miss the good old days? Like when you found a feature on your Mac that worked great, but then Apple went and removed it? I’m referring to Apple’s Secure EmptyTrash option that allowed you to securely shred files from your computer so no one could later recover them. You may remember this feature was available on the Yosemite operating system but if you went looking for it recently, you probably noticed it’s no longer available for El Capitan or Sierra.

As to why it doesn’t work, the answer is in the hardware really. Most of Apple’s new machine’s use Solid State Drives (SSD) instead of the old Hard Disk Drives
(HDD). SSD’s have a variety of advantages over HDD’s, such as improved speed, reliability, and longevity. Although SDD’s do offer numerous improvements, secure file deletion isn’t one of them.

Long story short, there is really no way to fully remove a file from an SSD drive. Some portion of it may still be retrievable.  There are some third-party apps like “FileShredder” and “Secure Delete – File Shredder” still available from the App Store but these usually cost a few dollars and can actually reduce the lifespan of your SSD drive and computer, so they are not recommended for long-term use.

The best solution for securely deleting files from your Mac computer is to turn on Apple’s FileVault utility to securely encrypt your entire drive. Ideally, you should do this from day one to ensure all files are encrypted forevermore, but turning it on now will still be effective.

To turn on FileVault go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > FileVault. Once there, press Turn on FileVault. With FileVault turned on, you no longer have to worry about securely deleting files as all files are encrypted, including deleted files. When you delete a file, it removes it from your file directory and essentially throws away the decryption key so any file delete will be securely deleted.

The only drawback is, now you will have to enter your password every time you log into your computer… but you were probably doing that already because like any security conscious law student you had already password protected your laptop, right? Right!?!?

Anyways… Happy shredding Mac users!

MacBook Pro TouchBar Enabled Laptops Now Approved for Exams

As you may know, there was a previous security issue with Mac TouchBar enabled laptops that prevented them from being used on numerous state bar exams during the February bar. Many law schools also banned them from being used on exams this spring. However, Pepperdine still allowed TouchBar laptops to be used but required the TouchBar be manually disabled by IT staff. Fortunately, the latest version of SofTest from Examsoft has resolved this issue and all TouchBar enabled laptops are now permitted to be used on exams without needing to disable the TouchBar in advance. SofTest will now automatically disable the TouchBar when the exam is launched and re-enable it once the user exits an exam. This will prevent any potential exam integrity issues so all users are cleared to take finals on their Mac TouchBar enabled laptops.

Fortunately, the latest version of SofTest from Examsoft has resolved this issue and all TouchBar enabled laptops are now permitted to be used on exams without needing to disable the TouchBar in advance. SofTest will now automatically disable the TouchBar when the exam is launched and re-enable it once the user exits an exam. This will prevent any potential exam integrity issues so all users are cleared to take finals on their Mac TouchBar enabled laptops.

Wavenet

Wavenet is a web-based portal that provides faculty, staff, and students, with one-stop access to many different password-protected resources.

You should have received an email from Pepperdine University with your login instructions.

Please call the University Help Desk at (310) 506-HELP (x4357 from any on-campus phone) if you need assistance logging into Wavenet .

These are just some of the many useful components that you will find in Wavenet:Pepperdine Wavenet Mobile App

  • Registration
  • E-mail Access
  • Class Registration Material
  • Mid-term and Final Exam Numbers
  • Check your account

To learn more, see this page on Wavenet for Studentshttps://community.pepperdine.edu/it/tools/wavenet/students/

For general information on Wavenet see this pagehttps://community.pepperdine.edu/it/tools/wavenet/

 

Student Printing Changes Afoot – 5/19/2017

NEW PRINTING SYSTEM

On 19 May 2017

The School of Law joins the University-Wide Sharp Printer/Copier System

Students can PRINT to any of the SHARP copiers at the university.  This includes the copiers in the Law Library and the Career Development Office.
Note that the old system will be removed from service.  The networked HP LaserJet printers tied to the Print Release Station will be removed with the copier taking their place.
PLEASE use all your current print credit this semester!  The last day is 5/19/2017!
The new system uses your Pepperdine Waves Cash through your ID card for funds.  This is a COMPLETELY different system that does not communicate with our old system.
Thank you.

NOTE: Information on how to use the copiers as printers

NOTE: How to add funds/check funds on your Pepperdine ID Card

NOTE: Copiers have been and are currently accessible for student printing since August 2016 — the Law School is the last of the five Pepperdine schools to fully adopt this system

Printing Services — Changing May 19, 2017

Printing Services in Law Library

Please note: As of May 19, 2017, the School of Law will be adopting the university-wide copier/print system for students.  All student printing will go through the Sharp copier/printer units.

The Sharp copier/printing system is accessible to all students at Pepperdine University and at all Pepperdine University campuses in Southern California (this includes the Calabasas location which may be a terrific place to study for the Bar Exam!).

 

The following Text will be changed on May 19, 2017 (after 2017 Spring final exams)

Pepperdine University Law Students are granted 500 pages (no additional cost) for black and white printing at the beginning of each semester.

If you are interested in printing in color, please see THIS PAGE.  The color printing is $0.35 per side of a page and is through the Law Library Sharp Multi-Function Device (fancy copier) and uses a completely different system where the charges go to your Pepperdine ID card.

Black and White Printing is $0.06 per page and is charged to a Law School specific printing account that is NOT tied to your ID card. To add print credit to your account CLICK HERE   (Note that once you add credit, the amount is non-refundable but it does carry over between terms.)

Mac Users, CLICK HERE for the Black and White printer. For color see THIS PAGE.

Please note that the Macintosh installer only works for Macintosh 10.7 and higher. If you have an operating older than 10.6, you will have to either upgrade your system or use our Mobile Print Service FOUND HERE

Microsoft Windows 64-bit Users, CLICK HERE for the Black and White printer
Microsoft Windows 32-bit Users, CLICK HERE for the Black and White printer

If you’re a Windows PC user and unsure which installer to use the following directions.

  1. Click on the Start button and then Control Panel.
  2. Click on the System and Security link.Note: If you’re viewing either the Large icons or Small icons view of Control Panel, you won’t see this link. Just click on the System icon and then proceed to Step 4.
  3. In the System and Security window, click on the System link.
  4. When the System window opens, titled as View basic information about your computer, locate the System area below the oversized Windows logo.
  5. In the System area, look for System type among the other statistics about your computer.The System type will report either a 32-bit Operating System or a 64-bit Operating System.

3 New Google Chrome Extensions to Try in 2017

With the University’s move to Google Mail this last year, the IS team highly recommends that anyone using Pepperdine email should consider making Google Chrome their default browser. Google Mail is a Google product, as is Google Chrome, so it makes sense that they work quite well together. Once you’ve made the switch, you will be happy to learn that the smart people at Google have created some pretty cool extensions you can add to your Chrome browser that will make your browsing experience and life in general, a whole lot cooler, at least from a techie’s point of view. What are extensions, you ask? they are essentially add-on tools that can help improve how you use your Gmail inbox or any website for that matter. So to kick off the new year, we’ve compiled a short list of extensions to try in 2017.

You can easily browse and add extensions and other apps by going to the Google Chrome Web Store.

 

1. Grammarly

Topping off our list is the tool Grammarly. If you are good at solving puzzles, you may have already guessed what Grammarly does, that’s right, it improves your grammar. It corrects spelling and most common grammar mistakes, like where to put a comma. You will also find that when you see it underline an error, it will not only correct the error for you when you select it, but it will also tell you what you did wrong so you can avoid making this same mistake in the future, say on an exam, and will help make you a better writer.

2. Momentum

Coming in at #2 on our list is Momentum. This extension is one of my favorites. Although it may not seem like it does much at first, it can be pretty powerful, or just pretty if you need a window into the world outside of law school studying. Momentum turns each new tab you open into a personal getaway/dashboard that includes your daily to-do list, connection to productivity apps, weather, inspirational quotes, favorite links, and it’s all set over a beautiful landscape backdrop that changes daily, just in case you get tired of view from the law library windows.

3. Awesome Screen Shot App

No that’s not a sales pitch, that’s the name of the app. It’s a fun and easy way to annotate your screenshots or photos. You can blur, crop, or do whatever you want and it’s all in a free and easy-to-use editor right in your browser. If you have photoshop, you probably don’t need this, but if you don’t, this might come in handy.

Honorable Mention

Ok, so I know I said 3 extensions, but Boomerang merits a mention. Have you ever sent a super important email, fully intending to follow-up on if you didn’t hear back from the recipient in a few days, but then totally forgot? Well, Boomerang allows you to schedule messages to be sent or replied to at a later time. You can also track messages to make sure you stay on top of emails you need to follow up with. Additionally, Boomerang allows you to set follow-up reminders right within Gmail, so emails pop back up in your inbox if you haven’t heard back from the recipient within the desired timeframe. However, the free version only allows you to track 10 emails a month, but it’s helpful if those 10 happen to be super important.

Hope you enjoy one of these or other Chrome extensions in 2017! As always, remember to browse safely with Pepperdine’s Browser Check. Happy browsing!

Examsoft Users: Now Safe to Upgrade to Mac Sierra OS

mac-sierraThe title says it all. After several long weeks of waiting… it is now safe to upgrade your Mac OS to Sierra. Examsoft just released a new compatible update that will allow you to take exams on the Sierra OS. Feel free to update away! Just remember, when you update to Sierra, you will still need to make sure that you update your SofTest version as well. SofTest should update itself automatically if you open the program and let it run in the background for about 15 minutes. However, if you wish to manually update simply open SofTest and follow the below instructions.

  • For Windows OS users, press the CTRL button and the letters ‘A’ and ‘U’ simultaneously (CTRL+AU).
  • For Mac OSX users, once SofTest is open, press the Command key plus the letters ‘A’ and ‘U’ simultaneously (CMND+AU).

For more information on this, visit the Update SofTest page on the ExamSoft website.

The latest version of SofTest is listed below. You should be able to see your current version number at the top of the SofTest window when you open the program.

Mac: 11.0.743.95011
Windows: 11.0.4946.36233

Enjoy Sierra and good luck on your exams!