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Sync your Portal and Computer passwords with Enterprise Connect

What and Why?

For years Brewster has not synchronized your computer login password with any other Brewster service. This has caused much confusion as users are required to remember several different passwords to access the tools that we need to use every day. Our deployment of Enterprise Connect resolves this issue by synchronizing your computers log in password with your Brewster Active Directory (Portal) password. We’ve been using this with the students since the beginning of the year, and the reduction in students forgetting their computer login passwords has dropped dramatically. It will also allow you to more easily change your Brewster Passwords (Portal, Moodle, Gmail, Wireless, PaperCut, Computer, etc.).  Many faculty and staff users are already using this technology already and love it!

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Computer Encryption with FileVault 2

Full Computer Encryption (FV2)

What and Why?

As we know, laptops may be lost, stolen or otherwise end up in the hand of those who should not have access to our data. To this end, Brewster Academy will be encrypting all personally assigned, Brewster laptops (our phones are already encrypted). While I could get into great explanations about what encryption is, the long and the short of it is that it will prevent data from being taken from the laptop while it is shut off or sleeping. Right now, if your computer is lost or stolen, your password can be circumvented, allowing your data to be downloaded to another device.

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Password Protect a Folder

If you keep highly sensitive, personal documents on your computer, it is really a good idea to store them in a folder that is password protected.  Here is how to set up a PW protected folder. Continue reading “Password Protect a Folder”

Stay safe online: Use HTTPS Everywhere.

Securing the internet is REALLY hard! There are SO MANY things to pay attention to! One of those things you need to pay attention to is whether the site you’re going to uses HTTPS (A Secured/registered site) or just HTTP: (An unsecured site that cannot prove it is who it says it is). This means that https://www.cnn.com is safe and http://www.cnn.com may NOT be. Continue reading “Stay safe online: Use HTTPS Everywhere.”

Google Group Message Archives

Did you know that every email message sent to Academy Personnel or your Team or your Department or ANY Google Group are all stored forever in the Google Group Archives? You can access the Archives and find any and all old messages…here is how!

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Add a Thesaurus to Google Docs!

Have you ever wanted a simple, yet powerful thesaurus built right into Google Docs? Thesaurus Pro is a free add-on to Google Docs that’s both free AND well reviewed. Here’s how to add it: Continue reading “Add a Thesaurus to Google Docs!”

Recent & Starred Files in Google Drive

Finding files in Google Drive can sometimes be challenging.  A few built-in shortcuts may help you navigate your files more efficiently – Recent and Starred files.
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Add More Fonts in Google Docs

Bored of the same fonts?  Need to find a special font for a project or report?   Google has hundreds of fonts to choose from.  You can also change your default font for all new documents. Continue reading “Add More Fonts in Google Docs”

What to Do if You Spill Liquid on Your Device!

It happens! Here in IT, we see our community members dealing with liquid spills on their laptops and phones all the time.  Unfortunately, many people make the same mistakes that ultimately lead to the death of their laptop, phone or other electronic device. Here are a few quick tips to help you survive this disaster! Continue reading “What to Do if You Spill Liquid on Your Device!”

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