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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Please send a note to phillip.bohl@pepperdine.edu and indicate which program you are in (JD, LLM, MLS, etc.), your expected graduation year and include a brief description of what interests you in tech and any background information that may be relevant. No experience with tech is required!

UPDATE your ZOOM



You may find that your Zoom software will not work without an update after 8/6/2022.

We recommend that you take a moment and install the latest update for your computer, tablet, and mobile devices before you are forced to update later when you may be trying to connect to a Zoom meeting.

Zoom Download page

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Notice from ZOOM:

Scheduled End-of-life for Clients Below 5.3.0 (8/6/2022)Maintenance update

The following Zoom products will continue to have a new minimum version required as of 8/6/2022:

– Zoom Client: Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android, Intune and Blackberry (5.3.0)
– Win : 5.4.54524.1229 (2020-12-29)
– MacOS : 5.4.54528.1230
– IOS :5.4.54520.1229
– Android : 5.4.3.603
– Windows, macOS, iOS, Android (1.0.2)

Turning Off Private Browsing MAC

When using Pepperdine’s Wifi network, make sure to turn off private browsing MAC for the best experience.

Instructions for iOS Apple

Android

For Android devices find Wi-Fi in your settings. It will be under a tab called “Connections” or “Networks.” Once you find Wi-Fi, tap on it.

To the right of ‘pepperdine’ there should be a symbol of a gear. Select it.

Next, you will want to select “MAC address type.” You may have to scroll down to find it.

There should be a small pop-up that gives you a few options. Press “Phone MAC.”

Jump to Android

Apple

For, the process is followed in a similar way. Open settings and find “Wi-Fi.”

Find ‘pepperdine’ in your list, and tap the ‘i’ symbol to the right of it.

Simply scroll down until you find “Private Wi-fi Address.”

Finally, make sure it is off.

Update Examplify to Version 2.8.5 (Windows)

Please follow these steps to ensure a successful update of your Examplify software to version 2.8.5. This guide will walk you through all the steps of the Examplify install launcher for the new version.

If you need to re-register or re-download Examplify reference this page. If you re-download Examplify rather than just update it you should also follow these instructions.

After initially downloading the installer the InstallShield Wizard program will prepare the install on your computer and show you its progress.

When prompted, continue through the first welcome screen by pressing “Next” to continue with the install process.

Next you will be prompted to read through and agree to the End User License Agreement shown on screen. In order to continue, select the bubble next to “I accept the terms of the license agreement” and then select the “Next” button to move on with the install.

From here you will be able to press the “Install” button on the lower right of the installer window to begin actually installing Examplify version 2.8.5 on your computer.

The InstallShield Wizard program will show you the progress of your install and automatically continue to the next screen that shows the completed install.

After you have completed your install and selected “Finish”, Examplify will automatically open and prompt you to read and agree to the “Software License Agreement” before continuing. If Examplify does not open automatically just open it from the desktop icon as you normally would and continue from there.

Once you have completed the install and agreed to the Software License Agreement you will be brought to the Examplify home screen and can continue from there.

How to update/download Examplify on Mac

If you need any technology assistance, please feel free to reach out to Information Services at (310) 506-7425 or support@law.pepperdine.edu.

Update Examplify to Version 2.8.5 (Mac)

Please follow these steps to ensure a successful update of your Examplify software to version 2.8.5. This guide will walk you through all the steps of the Examplify install launcher for the new version.

If you need to re-register or re-download Examplify reference this page.

Open Examplify as you normally would, and accept the prompt to update your Examplify version to 2.8.5 in the launcher.

The new version installer will open and prompt you to accept terms and conditions. After accepting that prompt you may continue through the installer steps to download the new version of Examplify. This download will require about 440 MB of storage on your computer.

Once you have agreed to the Terms and Conditions, you will be prompted to actually install the software. By default on a Mac, the software will be installed onto your hard drive. This install destination can be changed with the “Change Install Location” button on the lower right, but it is recommended that Examplify be installed onto your hard drive.

Your Mac’s software installer will then prompt you to enter your password (or Touch ID if you have it) in order to verify the installation. After doing this you will be prompted a second time to allow the installer access to “System Events” on your computer. Select “OK” to continue with this install.

After verifying and giving the installer permission to control “System Events” the installer will show your software install progress and show you the successful installation screen below when the process is complete. From there select the blue “Close” button in the lower right and then select “Move to Trash” when prompted to move the Examplify Installer to the trash.

After you have completed the aforementioned steps, Examplify should open automatically and prompt you to agree to the user Software License Agreement before continuing to use the software. After agreeing to this you will be taken to the normal Examplify home page and will be able to use the software as instructed from there.


How to update/download Examplify on Windows

If you need any technology assistance, please feel free to reach out to Information Services at (310) 506-7425 or support@law.pepperdine.edu.

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

Examplify – Missing Download

A small number of you experienced an issue last semester with Examplify during finals.  The problem was that after downloading an exam in Examplify, that exam did not appear in the downloaded exams. This is a known issue with the software and one that ExamSoft is working to remedy but in the meantime, we have a workaround.   

To avoid this interrupting your examination process do the following:

  1. Plan ahead: download your exam as soon as it is available and then reboot your computer.
  2. After rebooting, open Examplify, If you notice your exam is not listed under the “Downloaded” heading please contact Information Support immediately and we will give you access to an additional download. 
  3. If you notice this right before your exam you can come to the Law Library Public Services desk. But it’s much better if you plan ahead.

When you reach out for assistance, please provide us with:

  • Your first and last name
  • Phone number
  • The course and professor names related to the exam that is missing after downloading
  • The date and time of your exam

We will assist you as soon as possible to provide you with an additional download. After we modify your exam profile to permit an additional download you will need to restart your computer before you download your exam.
If you run into additional issues or have further questions please contact our Caruso School of Law Information Services team at support@law.pepperdine.edu anytime or call (310) 506-7425 during business hours. We can also meet you in person at the Harnish Law Library Public Services Desk.