Technology Recommendations & Tips
Basic technology recommendations:
- Accessible laptop or desktop computer
- Reliable high-speed Internet access
- Webcam and microphone
- Current word processor such as Microsoft Word
Maximizing Home Internet
Home internet services have a set capacity. Think of it like water: if someone in the residence turns on the shower and someone else starts a load of laundry at the same time, the amount of water output at the kitchen faucet will likely be reduced. To maximize your connectivity, reduce the number of devices connected to the internet at one time (i.e. streaming services, printers, phones, additional devices).
Information Technology Services has a small number of laptops and mobile hotspots or 'jetpacks' available for student check out and encourages students to apply if they are in need of a loaner to complete coursework.
Fill out the 2020-2021 Student Checkout Form one (1) business day in advance of the first checkout.
It's important to be vigilant and take appropriate precautions to protect yourself against potential scams. Please keep the following in mind as you engage with others on your digital platforms. Additionally, the best way to protect your UNO online accounts is by enrolling in Duo's Two-Factor Authentication to prevent attacks on weak or stolen passwords.Avoid Coronavirus Scams
- Learn how to tell the difference between a real contact tracer and a scammer. Legitimate tracers need health information, not money or personal financial information.
- Ignore offers for vaccinations and miracle treatments or cures. Scammers are selling products to treat or prevent COVID-19 without proof that they work.
- Be wary of ads for test kits. Many test kits being advertised have not been approved by the FDA, and aren’t necessarily accurate. Almost all authorized home tests don’t provide rapid results and require you to send a test sample to a lab for analysis.
See other helpful tips from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it. See the FTC's How to donate wisely and avoid charity scams.
Beware of emails and social media postings that claim to be from experts. For the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The U.S. Secret Service is reporting a number of phishing scams related to the virus. People may receive a phishing email claiming to be from a medical/health organization that links to fraudulent sites where people are asked to enter their email, password, and other identity information. The attachments contain malware. Report any suspicious emails to the NU Cybersecurity office at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Attackers are circulating links to malicious websites disguised as COVID-19 maps, either on social media or through misleading emails. Opening one of these sites prompts the user to install an applet that infects their device with malware that steals data such as login credentials and banking information. Stick to verified COVID-19 tracking maps and double-check the URL of linked websites before clicking.
Need technical assistance? Contact MavTECH Help Center
MavTECH Help Center can assist you with a variety of issues, including claiming accounts, password assistance, and technical support for online tools, such as Canvas, VidGrid, Zoom, OneDrive, and Respondus.
- The Official UNO Mobile App
- Canvas App
- Change your NetID Password
- Change your NUID Password