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Technology Tips & Information

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Tech Tip: New Text Message Package Delivery Scam

Tech Tip: New Text Message Package Delivery Scam

Scammers are now sending realistic-looking text messages. These messages look like legit package delivery messages that contain a link for you to click. If you receive a text message such as the one seen in this article, don’t click the link provided (even if you are expecting a package from the shipping company mentioned in the text message). Instead, you should go to the shipping company’s site to check the status of your package or to handle whatever business is necessary for your package. To be safe, regardless of the text message or email received, don’t ever click a link provided “for your convenience” (unless you are absolutely sure it will take you to the destination you are expecting). Yes, it’s convenient, but if it the link ends up pointing you to a scammer’s site, it won’t be worth all the time you will spend trying to reclaim your identity.

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Tech Tip: Grammatical Tips and Changes

Tech Tip: Grammatical Tips and Changes

While this isn’t necessarily a “tech tip”, I found two articles that caught my attention and I thought I would share them with you. The first article discusses grammatical rules that have changed over the last decade. The second article covers the 20 most confusing rules in the grammar world. The second page of this second article was particularly helpful to me, so be sure to click the “View slides 11-20” button at the bottom of the first page to get to that additional information. Let me know what you think.

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Tech Tip: Shading Alternate Rows in Excel Spreadsheets

Tech Tip: Shading Alternate Rows in Excel Spreadsheets

Microsoft Excel provides functionality that allows you to quickly format your spreadsheet (or a portion of your spreadsheet) to shade alternate rows (similar to a financial ledger). You can even control the color of the alternate shading. Read this article to find out how easy it is to apply (and all the options available).

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Tech Tip: How to Use the Text Editing Tools on iPhones and iPads

Tech Tip: How to Use the Text Editing Tools on iPhones and iPads

iPhones and iPads have so many shortcuts, key sequences, gestures, and such to help us be more productive such as pinching to cut, copy, and paste or swiping to undo and redo. Unfortunately, most of us are unaware of all the options available. This article teaches us how to use the text editing options on our iPhones and iPads. This video demonstrates some of the features mentioned in the article.

Editing PDF text is super easy with the free app demonstrated in this video. With this, you may need some help finding the files you wish to work with, so watch this video to see how to use the built-in Files app on your iPhone or iPad to access all the files stored on your device.

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Tech Tip: Security Dangers of Public Wi-Fi Networks

Tech Tip: Security Dangers of Public Wi-Fi Networks

When we connect to the internet through a public Wi-Fi connection, our online activities are vulnerable to snooping. Others connected to the same public network can see what websites you visit, what articles you read, and what data you transfer (unless you use additional security for your connection). Without an encrypted connection, all data is transferred in plain text where it is easily read. You can learn more about it in this article and in this video.

It is important to reassure you that the OCU IT Department has ensured that all connectivity to/with OCU Servers is encrypted through the use of the HTTPS protocol. You can confirm this by looking at the beginning of the address in the browser’s address bar. Most browsers even include a lock symbol to demonstrate that the site is secure. I’ve highlighted this in the image below. You should always check for this in the address bar of the sites you visit before doing any important business or making any purchases online.

On a personal level, when traveling (or anytime when using a public network), this same article provides some suggestions for protecting yourself from snoopers – including using a VPN or your smartphone’s Wi-Fi hotspot feature.

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Tech Tip: Avoiding the Wangiri or “One Ring” Phone Scam

Tech Tip: Avoiding the Wangiri or “One Ring” Phone Scam

One scheme that scammers utilize relies upon our curiosity to ensnare us. The tactic is to ring your phone once and then hang up. The number is usually from another country, but they can also appear to be local. If we call the number back, they do whatever possible to keep us on the phone – meanwhile, racking up an expensive bill for those minutes spent on the call. To find out more about how the scam works (and ensure you don’t fall prey), read this article.

In iOS13, Apple provided a new feature that silences all unknown callers. If Siri cannot find the number in our contact list, email, texts, etc., it will reject the call. The caller will have the option of leaving a message, but your phone will never ring. To read more about this new iOS13 feature (including how to set it), read this article.

If your curiosity starts to get the best of you, you can always google the number to see what you can find out.

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