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Don’t Upgrade to High Sierra (released 9/25/2017)

Please note that the latest version of the Mac OS (High Sierra) is NOT supported by ExamSoft at this time.

If you plan to use your computer for mid-terms, do NOT upgrade your Mac’s operating system.

Please check this page ..

https://examsoft.force.com/etcommunity/s/article/ka250000000Pkz3AAC/Examplify-Minimum-System-Requirements-for-Mac-OS-X

for a complete list of systems supported by ExamSoft.

Install the LiveSafe App today!

 

 

 

Go ahead and take a moment to go to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and download the LiveSafe app onto your mobile device.

The “LiveSafe” app is designed to improve communication between our University community members and Public Safety, and allows for faster emergency response in distress situations.  The app is free and available to all members of our community: students, faculty, staff, parents, visitors, and friends.

Through LiveSafe, you can submit information and chat with Public Safety in both emergency and non-emergency situations, and you can look out for your friends and loved ones by watching them get to their destination safely with SafeWalk. If you need a medical or security escort on the Malibu campus or a ride back to the Malibu campus, you can call Public Safety using the SafeRide feature.  When you submit a tip, you can attach a photo, video clip, or audio clip, and you can submit all of this information anonymously if you choose.  And, when you use LiveSafe to call 911 or contact Public Safety in an emergency, the app can track your location, which helps first responders know exactly where help is needed.

We’ve also loaded critical information resources into the app, so you now have emergency response information and contact information for key University services at your fingertips anytime, anywhere—even internationally.[i]

Here’s how you can get the app:

  1. Open Google Play or the Apple App Store on your phone. Search for “LiveSafe” and download the option with the blue shield.
  2. Tap “Sign up.” Fill in your profile information and create a password.  (You are welcome to use your personal, non-Pepperdine e-mail address. We suggest that you do not use the same username and password as you use for the Pepperdine Central Authentication Server.)
  3. “Pepperdine University” may pop-up if you are close to the campus. If so, tap “Yes.” Otherwise tap “Change” to select “Pepperdine University” as your institution.

[i]  Most of the app’s features will work internationally, so long as you have a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection.  You will still be able to submit tips and information to Public Safety, and you will be able to utilize the SafeWalk feature.  However, the “Call 911” option is programmed for US emergency dispatch only and will not automatically route to local first responders. In an emergency situation overseas, it will be important to dial the correct 911-equivalent number for your location. You can find this information at http://travel.state.gov.

[Above text pulled from http://emergency.pepperdine.edu/livesafe/ on 8/15/2017]

Copiers and Printing at Pepperdine Law

MX-M354N-LPepperdine has multi-function devices (MFDs) from Sharp (you can still call them copiers but they’re much more).

Students, Faculty, Staff, and Guests can print, scan, or copy on the MFDs using an account associated with their Pepperdine ID cards.  Students buy copy and print credit here:   https://get.cbord.com/pepperdine/full/prelogin.php

See this page:http://community.pepperdine.edu/it/services/copyservices/printsetup.htm

All students can print to all Sharp MFDs in public areas at any of the Pepperdine Southern California campuses.  This includes the  color-enabled Sharp MFD in the Law Library public area.  Printing in color or black and white is possible and a document with a mix of color and black and white pages will only incur the higher cost for color on the pages where there is color.

Information on print credit for School of Law students

Color Copier for Printing and Copies in both B&W and Color in the Law Library

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The Law Library maintains a color copier for Pepperdine users.

Price per color impression is $0.35.  This means if you print a color document that is duplexed (printed on both sides) you will be charged $0.70 for that piece of paper (if there’s color on both sides).

Note that if you choose to print a document that has some pages that are black and white and some that contain color, each black and white page will be charged at $0.06/impression (side of a page of paper) and the color impressions (sides of a page) will be charged at $0.35 each.  Yep, it’s a kinda smart system.

To access this color copier using your laptop or other device please go to THIS PAGE for detailed instructions.

Shared Account Users: For instructions on how to print documents from a personal computer using a shared account, please review this guide.

Information on School of Law provided print credit to School of Law students is HERE.

To do a quick color (or B&W) print job:

  1. Make sure your document is in PDF format
  2. Make sure you have money on your ID Card (to add or to check go here) — If you don’t have funds on your account (separate from the law school printing account) you can’t print anything.
  3. Using your Chrome browser go to https://print.pepperdine.edu/
  4. You will need to login to this page with you Wavenet credentials
  5. Then click on the Web Print option on the left hand list of options then click on Submit a Job
  6. Follow the prompts (pick FindmeColor or FindmeBW)  Note that the charge for color is $0.35 per impression (but only for the pages with COLOR on them, pages with black and white are charged at $0.06)
  7. Select your number of copies (that’s your only option on this page – at this point this service does not support duplexing, or stapling)
  8. Upload your file — or drag it to the designated area on the screen.
  9. You will need to go to the copier to Release the job
  10. At the copier, login using your Wavenet credentials
  11. Select your print job from the list and release it

To Make a Copy

  1. Make sure you have money on your ID Card (to add or to check go here) — If you don’t have funds on your account (separate from the law school printing account) you can’t copy anything.
  2. At the copier, login using your Wavenet credentials
  3. Select Device Functions
  4. Select Copy
  5. Follow the normal prompts as you make your copies
  6. NOTE: This system absolutely will NOT allow you to go beyond your available funds in your account (see #1 above to check your balance).  For this reason, you may get logged off immediately after you do your first copy job. To learn how to ensure that you don’t get logged off do a “Job Build” to avoid needing to log in for each successive copy job you want to do.

 

 

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.

 

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!

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!

Demo of Collaboration Station in Law Library

 

Huddle Vu — a video collaboration table in the Law Library

This collaboration station from FSR INC. will allow up to six laptops/iphones/tablets share a single screen (one at a time) to work together on studies and projects.

The folks from FSR have loaned us this table to see if it is something our students would find helpful.  This table is similar to those made by other manufacturers except that this one is supposed to take NO setup time for the user — all that you need is a device that you can connect via an HDMI cable.  If you need an adapter for your Mac, or other device, please let the folks at the Law Library Public Services desk know.  If for some reason no adapter is available for your device, please send a note to support@law.pepperdine.edu and let us know what you need.

Here’s the blurb from FSR INC. on the HuddleVu station:

“The HuddleVU system allows for multiple users to share and view their laptops, tablets, and smart phones screens on a main display. Unlike conventional presentation systems, anyone participating can be a presenter or the audience at any given time at the push of a button. LED’s indicate which user is currently live and when the system is busy to each user. HuddleVU creates the ideal environment for people to view and share ideas. The systems include all the necessary video switching equipment, control hardware, display power control and color-coded captive HDMI cables. It is a very simple yet effective system to quickly install and use.”

Here’s a promo video for the HuddleVu

If you like this product or like the idea of it, please let us know by sending an email here.

If you are looking for your own HDMI adapter for your laptop or other device here are some good sources:

  1. iPhone/iPad
  2. MacBook Mini DisplayPort to HDMI
  3. www.monoprice.com
  4. www.cablestogo.com

Gmail is Here to Stay – Top 3 Tips to Make Your Transition Easier

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Well it’s official, everyone has moved onto the Gmail train. For some of you, this may be welcome news. However, for those of you who had grown rather comfortable with the Outlook Exchange system, we’ve put together a few tips and settings that will help ease your transition.

First, login to Gmail through Wavenet. You can also go to Gmail.com, enter your Pepperdine Gmail address, and it will re-direct you to the Pepperdine authentication system.

  1. Start Using Chrome as Your Primary Browser – Gmail is a Google product and Chrome is a Google product, so it should come as no surprise they work much better together than non-Google browsers such as Firefox or Safari. If you aren’t on Chrome already, we recommend switching to Chrome before you switch to Gmail.
  2. Turn off “Conversation View”

Some people love this setting that groups all emails with the same topic title into one conversation view, so it looks like one email instead of the 20 it actually contains. This is a great way to keep track of all emails from one conversation especially when there are multiple people on an email and some “reply all” while others only reply. However, considering the conversation is also kept in a thread if you scroll down inside your email, it’s not entirely necessary. Plus it can get very confusing for people who are used to the Outlook format where each email is separate. To turn it off, click on 2016-02-19_1303the “Settings” button in the upper-right corner of your webpage inbox, (it looks like a tiny gear icon) and then choose “Conversation View Off” 2016-02-19_1304

 

1.a) While you’re there, you might want to also select the check-box for “Enable Undo Send”, it’s 2 rows down from Conversation View. The Undo Send feature allows you to recall a message up to 30 seconds after you’ve sent it, just in case you realize right after hitting the send button that oops, you forgot to include that spreadsheet that was the entire point of the email. Whatever the reason, you can pull it right back and fix the error.

3. Turn on Desktop Notifications

While you’re in the Settings, go ahead and turn on Desktop Notifications by selecting the radial button next to “New mail notifications on”. It’s only 3 rows down from Undo Send and this will give you that nice little popup email alert you are used to from Outlook.

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4. Enable some Labs

While still in settings, scroll up to the top of the page where all the blue lettered tabs are and select the “Labs” tab. From here you can browse and enable a variety of Labs. Google has put together a list of particularly helpful labs you can choose from. These are essentially add-on features designed to make your experience more customizable and hopefully more enjoyable. You can browse and select which ones are right for you. We highly recommend enabling the 3 labs listed below.

  1. Google Calendar Gadget: allows you to view all the upcoming appointments on your calendar, right from within your Inbox. You can click on any calendar item to open up your Google Calendar and see further details for the appointment.
  2. Preview Pane: This gives you that nice Vertical Split and preview pane you are so used to from Outlook. You can now scroll through and preview emails without actually having to open them, just like you did in Outlook (or maybe you didn’t use that in Outlook, in which case you won’t need this feature).
  3. Right Side Chat: This allows all your chat contacts to show up on the right side so they don’t compete for space with your Calendar gadget you just enabled. If you don’t like chat, you can turn off chat completely by selecting the “Chat” tab next to the “Labs” tab and then choose, “Chat Off”.

Personally, I love chat. This feature allows you to open up quick, live chat, voice, or video conversation with anyone at your organization.

Additionally, Gmail’s impressive search capabilities make it much easier to find emails than it was in Outlook.

Although not everything will work the same way in Gmail as it did in Outlook, you can customize a variety of things to be similar to features you are familiar with from Outlook. The above settings should make your move to Gmail a little easier.

As for frequently asked questions, the answer is usually, YES, Gmail can do almost everything you did in Outlook, it just might look a little different.

There are ways to enable delegates to access your account or calendar under the Accounts tab. Plus, now you can share documents via Drive which has LIMITLESS storage capacity! You can create a Signature for your emails under the General Settings tab, as well as turn on an automatic Vacation Responder, just like in Outlook.

Labels are the equivalent of Outlook Folders and Stars are Gmail’s version of Outlook’s Flagging system. If you have any questions, you can either Google the answer on Google Search, or contact us at support@law.pepperdine.edu.

Finally, all of the Google Suite (and sweet) tools are available by clicking the small tile icon in the upper right corner of your inbox. 2016-02-19_1351

Welcome to your new Google experience and enjoy using Gmail’s unlimited storage!