Must have Mac OS11 or later for Examplify

Please make sure that your MacBook is running at least Mac OS11 (Big Sur) or later (which includes Monterey and Ventura) to ensure that Examplify will work for you.

See which version of the Mac OS you have on your MacBook

Click on the “Apple” icon in the upper left corner of your MacBook’s screen. Choose About This Mac. You should see the macOS name, such as macOS Ventura or macOS Monterey, followed by its version number.

For specific ExamSoft Examplify compatibility information please see ExamSoft’s Compatibility page.

Classroom Computers: Log out when you leave!

Class has just ended and the students are rushing to the front to congratulate you on a BRILLIANT class meeting.

But don’t let this distract you. FIRST, please take a moment and log out/sign out of everything.

Just restarting the computer doesn’t log you out of everything. Just closing the browser doesn’t either. The safest bet is to manually log out of each service you used during class time.

Most faculty will use Courses and Zoom. Some use them separately. A few others also use a Google service.

It’s very important that you intentionally log out of each of these systems to ensure that your data remains secure.


Log out of Google services — email, docs, drive, slides, etc.

Log out of Courses

Log out of Zoom

Removing Metadata from Word Documents

Looking to remove metadata from your word documents? Have an assignment that requires that? There are a number of resources available to you through the Harnish Law Library’s Research Guides. If you are working on an appellate brief there’s a page for that.

See instructions here to remove your personal data from a Microsoft Word document.

This guide can be found at the Harnish Law Library‘s Research Guides. Select the section on “Legal Writing” and you’ll end up in the same place.

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METADATA

Do Not Upgrade to Windows 11

Are you taking your final exams on a Windows machine? In case you haven’t heard, Examplify does not work with Windows 11 (or Windows 10 release 22H2).  So make sure you DO NOT run Windows updates. To add another level of security, you should make sure your computer does not decide to run the update for you by turning off auto-update. Also, don’t forget to take a mock exam. Successfully submitting a mock exam is like getting a hug from your BFF before an exam. You will feel ensured that your computer will work when your mock exam works. 

With all that said, if you recently purchased a new computer that came with Windows 11 already installed you can download an Examplify Beta version of 2.9.6 to run on your Windows 11 computer.

Say “no” to Windows 11

If you are faced with after-hours or weekend Examplify woes call ExamSoft support at (866) 429-8889. They’re available 24/7. 

For in-person support at CSOL during business hours, contact our CSOL-IS team at x-7425 or come to the library Public Service Desk. You can also email us at support@law.pepperdine.edu.

Phishing isn’t just email … SMISHING!?

Smishing is a type of social engineering that targets mobile devices (image from https://www.threatcop.com/)

Please be vigilant in how and where you share your personal information. There are nefarious actors at work on the web and they will do their best to try and trick you into getting access to your money and more personal information.

The current wave of smishing is concerning. There are systems out there that focus on finding a name associated with an organization and a mobile phone so that they can text you to try to fool you into revealing more information that will compromise your secure services (banking, amazon, netflix, insurance, etc.).

If they can find the name of a co-worker or some other person associated with you they will use that name to make their attack seem like a request from a friend or colleague … or even a boss.

Like anything else that seems a bit “off” just delete and move on. Don’t give it second thought … definitely don’t click or respond to anything that gives you pause.

Below is some helpful information pulled from a web page hosted by Norton, a leading cyber security services firm:

Smishing attack warning signs

Use these smishing attack warning signs to know whether a smishing text made its way onto your mobile device.

Suspicious phone numbers

Smishing texts may come from phone numbers that don’t look normal at first glance. They may stray from the typical 10-digit layout or a series of the same number. If you see this type of number accompanied by a suspicious-looking message, don’t respond and delete the text immediately.

Smishing protection tip: Never respond to suspicious text messages.

Links and files from unknown numbers

Smishing texts are almost always paired with links to fake websites capable of recording your sensitive information. That’s why if you come across one, never click it. And in the event you do click one, look out for signs of an unsafe site, such as no “http” in the URL or small differences that you’re not used to seeing. 

Smishing protection tip: Avoid clicking on suspicious links and files.

Urgent requests

Most phishing emails and text messages feature urgent requests to frighten the receiver. But any legitimate company will give their customers ample notice about pressing issues. Delete these messages, and if you’re still concerned after the fact, contact the company directly. 

Smishing protection tip: Never cooperate with urgent requests sent via text.

Money requests

Like urgent requests, you should delete text messages asking you to wire or transfer money over the internet. The likelihood that these are hackers disguised to try and steal your funds is extremely high. 

Smishing protection tip: Never comply with urgent requests for money via text.

Prize notifications

The thought of winning a prize is exciting to anyone, but the chances of winning a sweepstakes you haven’t entered is incredibly low. If you receive messages about prizes you won from an unfamiliar contest, avoid clicking on any links attached and delete the text.

Smishing protection tip: Avoid clicking on suspicious links and files.

(taken from https://us.norton.com/internetsecurity-emerging-threats-smishing.html# on 8/12/2022)

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Running out of Room?

Space really is the final frontier... isn’t it?

Clearing out space on your computer’s main storage (hard drive) volume doesn’t need to be scary or difficult.

Most uses of your computer require significant “free” space on the hard drive. When you try to do something (like use ExamSoft Examplify) that requires some free space, you may run into some errors or worse, you may be blocked from using that software all together.

Here are a couple of sites that may provide you with some help in removing some of the extraneous contents of your computer’s hard drive.

For Windows Users: https://www.maketecheasier.com/recover-free-space-windows-c-drive/

For Mac Users: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206996