IT Solutions News

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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

This October, IT Solutions wants to help you learn more about the importance of cybersecurity and how to protect yourself.

Life Hacks to Avoid Getting Hacked!

Learn four easy life hacks you can do right now to help you stay safe online and be cyberaware.

Be a Technology Overachiever!

Make sure your tech is up to date for success with this quick checklist.

Ethical Hackers: Heroes of the Cyberverse

Did you know that ethical hacking is a form of legal computer invasion? Learn more about this industry and how cybersecurity professionals defend against malicious hackers.

Esports and Gaming Make a Splash at Minnesota State Mankato

The gaming community is passionate about video games and the University is eager to support student interest with an esports varsity team and training facility in the works as of fall 2020.

All About MavAPPS

Use MavAPPS to access a variety of University software for STEM related topics.
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Email Login Versus Address: Know the Difference!

Students - never share your University email login! Make sure you know the difference between your email address and your email login in order to protect your account.

Cybercriminals Strike with Financial Aid Email Phishing Scams

Beware of phishing scams involving fake emails posing as University financial aid communications.

Top 5 Tech Tips for Students Living On-Campus

Quick and essential tips to help residence community students get settled in with tech.

IT Solutions in Action

Check out our year in review to see how we contributed to campus technology throughout the 2019-2020 academic year!

Security Tips for Online Banking

Do you engage in online or mobile banking? Find out how to keep your transactions secure with these tips.

Campus Technology 101

Six steps to get the campus tech essentials that you’ll need most for your classes.

Faculty and Staff Access to Adobe Creative Cloud

All faculty and staff have access to Adobe Creative Cloud 2020 software on their University devices.

Student Quick Guide to D2L

D2L Brightspace is a valuable tool! Learn the basic functions of D2L and how to get started using it.

Protect Your Tech With Top Security Tips

Learn security tips on how to protect your information and devices from cybercriminals.

What is Search Engine Optimization and Why is it Essential?

Search engine optimization (SEO) helps drive traffic to your website. Learn the basics to boost user engagement!

Top Tips to Enhance Your Website this Summer

University website editors, learn helpful tips to improve your website and increase discoverability.

Get Enhanced Security with Zoom 5.0!

A new version of Zoom is available with more security features than ever before! Update today.

It's Here! Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365

You can now enable multi-factor authentication for your Microsoft Office 365 account.

IT Solutions Student Employee Spotlight

We couldn’t do what we do without our student workers! Learn about graduating seniors from the ITS team who all have made amazing contributions throughout their time here.

Essential Checklist for Course Planning

Faculty, start planning your courses by following this quick checklist with some important essentials to keep in mind.
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New CyberAware Podcast Launched

Student workers on the Information Security Team are piloting a podcast focused on educating the University community about cybersecurity topics.
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Beware of Coronavirus Relief Scams

Currently, there is an increase in phishing and scams surrounding COVID-19, including fake coronavirus relief payments and illegitimate charities.

Computer Repair Still Offered By Campus Computer Store

Though the physical location is closed, the Campus Computer Store is still operating online and is still offering repair for computers. Call or email to inquire.
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Keep Safe While Using Zoom, Avoid Zoom-Bombing

While we make the transition to working and learning remotely, Zoom has been a valuable tool. Learn about important Zoom security settings to help you avoid meeting disruption.
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Additional Laptops Available for Students to Checkout

To assist with the need for computers during the transition to online, IT Solutions is launching a new laptop checkout program for students in need.

New Chromebook Support Articles Published

While we don't recommend Chromebooks as a primary device at MNSU, we have published instructions on how to run University software and tools on Chromebooks for those who may be using them.

Over 500 Malicious Google Chrome Extensions Exposed

Google has deactivated over 500 fraudulent Chrome browser extensions.

Campus Wi-Fi Now Available in Lot 11A

Campus Wi-Fi coverage has been extended to parking lot 11 to allow users to park and connect to the internet from inside their car.
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NEW Student Technology Access Hotline & Online Chat

A hotline for Student Technology Access has launched, staffed by students for students, to answer questions about accessing technology during the transition to online learning during COVID-19.

Curbside Technology Pick-Up and Drop-Off During COVID-19

During COVID-19, IT Solutions and the Campus Computer Store offered curbside technology drop-off and pick-up.

Computer-Based Phones Rolling Out in Call-Centered Divisions

A new solution called Jabber allows high volume call areas on campus to send and receive calls from one general number.

Online Chat Now Live for Tech Help & Support

With COVID-19 rapidly changing all our usual way of doing things from our greater campus-wide shift to online learning to your daily routines at home, the IT Solutions Center is temporarily changing as well.

WorkMSU Just Launched! Try This New VPN Alternative

You will love using WorkMSU, a brand new way to access more than 14 University software applications and services. Use the VPN in the past? With more applications and faster speeds, we think you will prefer WorkMSU!

Microsoft March Spotlight: Apps You Have, But Haven't Heard Of

Increase your productivity and organization at work, in school, or at home with these powerful Microsoft Office 365 tools that you may not know about!


MavLABS will allow you to access this software on your personal computers off-campus. You'll be able to connect to labs virtually to access specialty software, like ARC GIS, CAD, labs for geography, physics, biology, and more.

Adobe Creative Cloud Now Temporarily Available to All Students

Adobe has granted partner Universities around the world access to their Creative Cloud suite temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic.

IT Solutions Video Team Available During COVID-19

IT Solutions Video is here and available to support your transition to online teaching and working by helping you capture and produce quality content.
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Cybersecurity Safety During COVID-19

During events like the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID 19), cyber attackers often use these opportunities to, unfortunately, try to take advantage of the situation.

Microsoft March Spotlight: OneNote

OneNote is a digital notebook that makes note-taking easy! Use it to take notes in a variety of ways in school, at work, or at home.

Microsoft March Spotlight: OneDrive

Included in Microsoft Office 365, OneDrive is a cloud-based file storage service that allows you to sync your files on all your devices for access anywhere and easy sharing.

Microsoft March Spotlight: Teams

Microsoft Teams is an app within Microsoft Office 365 that all Minnesota State Mankato students and employees have access to - for free.

Learn About Office 365 Throughout Microsoft March

During the month of March, IT Solutions is sharing helpful information about Microsoft Office 365 tools!

First IT Solutions Partner of the Year Awarded

The first ever recipient of this award is Dr. Dan Cronn-Mills, a passionate innovator who helped with the development of Minnesota State Mankato's online academic catalog.

Mav Life Now Available for Future Students

Future students now have access to a lite version of Mav Life that helps them find information about Minnesota State Mankato.

Students Thank IT Solutions for Continued Support and Innovation

IT Solutions strives to make lasting connections with the people who matter most. In recognition of the team's work, a special award was given to Vice President and CIO Mark Johnson.

Adobe Connect Service Ending May 2020

In May 2020, service is ending for Adobe Connect. Switch to Zoom for a fast and reliable web conferencing solution.

Poll Everywhere Free for Faculty and Staff

Embed interactive polls into your presentations with Poll Everywhere, a unique audience response system.

Email Scam Alert: Fake Job Offers and Gift Cards

Beware of recent email phishing scams involving fake job offers and gift card requests, and learn what to do if you receive a suspicious email.

MATLAB and Simulink Available for Students and Faculty

Programming software MATLAB and Simulink can be downloaded on your personal computer for coursework and research.

Wi-Fi Upgrades Made Across Campus Over Winter Break

Wi-Fi upgrades implemented over winter break improve network speed, coverage, and reliability.

New Features in Mav Life: Automatic D2L Integration

An update coming January 2020 will allow users to automatically see their D2L courses in Mav Life!

Top Tech Resources for Graduate Students

Learn about our campus technology resources that can help you succeed in graduate school.

New homepage upgrade in D2L Brightspace in 2020

The D2L Brightspace homepage will get two new upgrades in 2020. A School tab that makes it easy to toggle between courses at different MinnState campuses. Plus the My Courses widget featured more prominently on the homepage to get where you need fast.

Episerver December Enhancements

Learn about the upcoming minor changes coming soon to Episerver, the website content management system (CMS) at Minnesota State Mankato.

Shop Safe Online this Holiday Season

Learn how to protect yourself and your information during the rush of holiday shopping.

Game-Based Learning and the Quest for Student Engagement

To help increase student engagement and success, Minnesota State Mankato is working to incorporate more games into the learning experience.

Kaltura MediaSpace Updates for Fall 2019

A handful of new and exciting updates are coming to Kaltura MediaSpace on November 21, 2019.

New Skills November

IT Solutions is challenging you to learn something new in November! Use LinkedIn Learning to easily develop new skills in a variety of fields.

LinkedIn Learning is Here! has upgraded to LinkedIn Learning! Log in now and enjoy the same great content with tons of new features.

Essential Checklist for Course Planning

We're making the tech side of course planning easier! We’ve streamlined the D2L course request process and improved your resources.

Faculty Grant Funds Available for Open Educational Resources

IT Solutions and the library at Minnesota State University, Mankato are participating in a multi-campus collaboration to help reduce textbook costs for students.

New Option in MavMAIL Helps You Report Phishing Emails

Microsoft Outlook's new option allows you to quickly report phishing and junk emails.

Bus Tracking App En Route to Improving Mankato Public Transportation

The bus tracker, developed through a partnership between the University and the City of Mankato, has helped make transportation more convenient and efficient for the community.

Adobe Creative Cloud 2019 Now in Labs for Students

Adobe Creative Cloud 2019 software is now available for students to use in labs on campus, but will require sign-in.

Is Your Smart Home Protected?

Any smart devices connected to your home's WiFi can be vulnerable to cybercriminals if they are unprotected. Stay safe with these security tips.

MavPRINT Updates Coming Fall 2019

New updates are coming to MavPRINT that make it easier than ever to print on campus.

Get to Know the 2018-2019 IT Solutions Outstanding Service Award Recipient

Chris Lienemann is a Solutions Architect who received the 2018-2019 Outstanding Service Award for the IT Solutions division.

Capital One Information Breach Estimated to Affect 100 Million U.S. Customers

A recent breach compromised information from Capital One credit card applicants and Capital One credit card customers.

Zoom is Here, Replacing Adobe Connect

Zoom is a fast, easy, and dependable web conferencing service now available to staff, faculty, and students.

Shield Your Socials!

Add these three positive habits into your social media routine to ensure your privacy and protect your character online.

Meet Gizmo, a Superdog with a Helping Heart

Cathy Colby, a Solutions Architect, volunteers with her dog Gizmo to provide therapy sessions to individuals in the Mankato and surrounding area.

Discover Free File Storage with Microsoft OneDrive

Microsoft OneDrive helps you store, organize, and share files easily.

Summer Shopping Tips

Before you buy anything online, ask yourself a few key questions to make sure your information is safe from cybercriminals.

OneNote Gets Even Better!

New updates are coming to Microsoft OneNote this summer.

New Qualtrics Sign-On Makes Things Simple

Get quicker access to survey collection software with single sign-on capability.