With the recent rash of computer virus activity, including several distributed via Facebook, it is worth re-emphasizing the absolute importance of having active, up-to-date antivirus and antispyware applications on one's computer(s). Waiting until one's computer has become infected is too late to acknowledge that antivirus/antispyware protection is important.
The University distributes free to students and employees Symantec Endpoint Protection, but it is each student's responsiblity to protect his or her computer. The law school IT staff cannot provide bumper-to-bumper service for student laptops. Our support is limited to:
- Exam4 installation, support and exam administration;
- Connecting your laptop to the University's wireless network;
- Connecting your laptop to the law school's file server and student laptop printer; and
- Installing the University-distributed version of Symantec Endpoint protection. This is limited to installation, not de-virusing already infected computers.
Students are reminded to bring a USB drive with them to every exam they take on computer. The USB drive is a back-up in case you have wireless connectivity problems and cannot submit an exam over the network. Even students taking exams on computer should always bring bluebooks and pens in case of computer or electrical failure.
Students are solely responsible for providing their own USB drives, bluebook, pens, and any other required items. Bluebooks and a small number of USB drives are available for sale in the Faculty Resource Center (room 272):
- Bluebooks, two for 30 cents
- 64 MB USB drives, $10 each
The Faculty Resource Center is only open the following hours, so plan accordingly:
- Monday - Thursday: 7:30 AM-6:00 PM
- Friday: 9:30 AM-6:00 PM
- Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED
Bluebooks, USB drives, pens, etc., are not available for sale, rent or loan anywhere else in the Law School; and the IT staff will not copy exams from student laptops for students who failed to come prepared. Every student has been given a free USB drive. Don't leave it where it's no use to you.
In recent weeks, a significant number of students, and some staff, have acquired Antivirus 2009, a malware app that purports to be anti-spyware software. Antivirus 2009 originates from Web sites that users visit, which warn the user he/she has no antispyware protection and prompt him/her to install Antivirus 2009.
If you suspect your computer is infected, faculty and staff should contact Joe Leitsch (852-2560, email@example.com), and students should see John Shelman in room 119. Infections are indicated by a red circle with an "X" in it in the system tray, lower right corner of the Windows Desktop.
The IT staff recommend avoiding malware infections by installing and keeping up to date the University's distribution of of Symantec Endpoint Protection (formerly Symantec Antivirus), which is available for free download from iTechXpress.
As a general rule, any Web site or browser pop-up that warns that you do not have antivirus and/or antispyware protection and then prompts you to install an application to protect your computer is lying. Lying, lying, lying.
This Friday, October 31, 2008, at 11:59 PM, is the deadline for students to submit an Exam4 practice test for the Fall 2008 semester. You must submit a practice test to take exams on computer. If you need a refresher, instructions for taking a practice test and submitting it, as well as for taking real exams, are posted here. Remember, you must submit your practice test while on campus using the University's wireless network.
The following students have correctly submitted a practice test. If your user name does not appear on this list, you've done something wrong or haven't done it at all.
The IT department welcomes John Shelman, a Computer Information Systems major in the College of Business, who joined us Friday, October 10. John will replace Josh Edlin as the primary student computing support person. Josh remains with us and will take over network maintenance from Mike Valentine, who accepted a full-time position with Smoothstone IP Communications last month.
John will share room 119 with Joe Leitsch, and John's schedule this semester is as follows:
The IT department has created a series of screencasts to demonstrate how to perform numerous computing-related tasks, including:
- How to connect a laptop to the University's wireless network
- How to connect Windows (XP and Vista) laptops to one's Lawnet network share
- Changing your Lawnet password
- Updating student profile information on the School of Law Web site
- Registering a new Westlaw password
- Creating an e-mail alias in ULink
The screencasts are available at http://www.law.louisville.edu/it/screencasts and require a Lawnet log-in. Returning students should note that Odyssey is no longer required to connect Windows computers to the wireless network, and should watch the screencast to learn how to connect without Odyssey.
Students with Macs who have recently upgraded OS X from Tiger (10.4) to Leopard (10.5) are advised to update to 10.5.1, which Apple released last week. From our initial testing, it appears that this update resolves the problem with connecting to the University's wireless network and makes the connection persistent.
To update, click the Apple icon, then "Check for Updates."
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Every returning second-, third- and fourth-year student is entitled to receive ONE (1) 64 MB Louisville Law USB drive. First-years and Fall 2007 visiting and transfer students received theirs at Orientation. Beginning Monday, October 1, you may pick up your USB drive at the Law Library Circulation Desk anytime the library is open. You must show your Cardinal Card in order to receive the drive. What's the catch? Read the Computer Exam Procedures page. Even if you don't plan to take your exams on computer, you may still pick up a USB drive.