New Filter – Securly

Securly is our new web filter, and it provides many new features at a more affordable price! If you have not yet installed the Securly certificate on your school-owned Mac computer, please follow the directions here (https://www.mtwp.net/download?d=6310). There are different levels of access for staff, HS students, MS students, Landis Run students, and elementary students. This document (https://www.mtwp.net/download?d=6311) shows you how to login to the filter (user your email address and password).

School Passwords

Last year we implemented a password policy that requires all employees to change their password at least every 365 days. When you receive a notification via email warning you that your password will expire soon, please change your password ASAP to avoid problems. And you can change your password at anytime by visiting http://mtwebapps.mtwp.net.

Technology Tips, How-To’s, and Resources

During the last several years, the TechMedia Department has created several locations for you to find technical support assistance (how-to documents, tech blog, etc.). To make finding these resources easier, please use this URL (http://bit.ly/mtgoogle) as the starting point…you can get to everything from there!

Guest WiFi

Due to the upgrade in our wireless network, the login screen for the Guest network looks a little different; however, functionality is identical – register for Guest access, then login using your standard username and password.
* NOTE 1: To have full access to the Internet through the Guest network, you must install the Securly certificate on your personal device. There is a link (http://www.mtwp.net/filter) to the appropriate installers on the Guest login screen.
* NOTE 2: The Guest network is for educational uses of your personal device. The federal ERate reimbursement program require us to use our Internet connection only for educational purposes. With the distribution of school-owned mobile devices to a large percentage of our students and staff, we expect the Guest network to be used much less frequently.

New Phone Area Code – 223

Phone numbers in the 717 area code are quickly being exhausted. The solution was to add a new area code (223) and overlay it onto the existing 717 area code. That means everyone in our area (home, school, businesses, cell phones, etc.) will need to dial the area code plus the phone number for ALL phone calls, including calls to the 717 area code. Please begin doing that immediately – the PUC instituted this change on Saturday, August 26.

Tech Resources Website

You can find many short “how-to” documents on our Tech Resources website. To access the site, visit www.mtwp.net and login (the public does not have access to the how-to files), then from the main page click Curriculum -> Tech Resources -> Tech How-To. You can find how-to’s for Google Drive, printing to copiers, accessing servers, GroupWise, receiving mail on your smartphone, accessing files from home, etc.

MT File Servers

Between March and June, all personal server folders and shared server folders were moved from building servers (i.e., “Bucher_Storage”) to centralized servers. You can find your server home directory (personal storage space) at MTHome.mtwp.net, and you can find all shared folders at MTShared.mtwp.net.

Windows users can find the MTHome and MTShared servers in their list of mapped drives by opening the Computer icon on the desktop.

Mac users can connect to the new servers using the Go -> Connect to Server menu option. Detailed directions can be found in the Tech Resources website.

Tips to Keep Your School and Personal Computers Safe

In recent weeks, we have seen several problems caused by computer users being tempted by online bad guys. While the online “gift” (free video, free app, etc.) is appealing, be aware that freebies from less than reputable sources frequently contain unwanted consequences. Always be skeptical of websites and emails offering free items and information. Three common attack vectors are:

 * Scenario 1: Watch a free video (sporting event, movie trailer, etc.), but first download a special plugin/player to view the video.
* Gotcha: The plugin/player is malware that (a) monitors your actions, (b) triggers LOTS of popups on your computer advertising products, and (c) tells you your computer is infected (and it now is!). Most legitimate sites use standard plugins (i.e., Adobe Flash Player) or newer HTML5 video players (already built into your browser).
* Correct Action: If the site requires a special plugin, think twice before using that site.

 * Scenario 2: You receive an email with an attached invoice or shipping notice from an unknown vendor. Everyone likes to receive surprises on their doorstep, so let’s open the attachment! (The emails could also say the IRS wants to talk to you, you have a past due bill, etc.)
* Gotcha: The attachment contains malware. Deleting the email will prevent harm from being done, but opening the attachment will start the process of infecting your computer.
* Correct Action: When creditors or the IRS want to contact you, they won’t use email! If you are not expecting a package, invoice, or email attachment….delete the message.

 * Scenario 3: Your computer displays a warning that it is infected with malware. The instructions are to either click a button to fix your computer or call a phone number to have tech support help you.
* Gotcha: These are scams. Your computer is most likely not infected, and the scary message was NOT prompted by a scan of your computer. The goal is to get you to (a) click a button which will start the installation of malware, or (b) call the phone number and give the person on the other end of the line access to your computer. Both can result in the loss of data, privacy, and money.
* Correct Action: Immediately quit the browser (these are typically only browser window popups) or reboot the computer. The site you just visited may be infected with malware…remember that for future visits.

Note: MTSD uses Kaspersky Anti-Virus to protect computers from common malware. Notifications from Kaspersky are legitimate messages.

Google Docs/Drive

Reminder… All staff members and all students in grades 7-12 have an MT Google Docs account (http://docs.mtwp.net or just visit Google). Google Docs is a great way to share files and have your work accessible from anywhere in the world. You can find a few how-to guides on the District Tech Resources website explaining how to login, create/upload files, change your password, share files, etc.
http://www.mtwp.net/district/tech-resources/

Two important notes about Google Docs:

* Accounts are not automatically created (TechMedia does that manually), and passwords are not currently synchronized with your network password. If you have problems logging into Google Docs, contact TechMedia.
* Do not create a personal Google account using your school email address – TechMedia must create the account. Creating a personal account using your MTWP email address could cause problems when logging into Google and sharing files.

The MT “Cloud”

For the past few years, there has been lots of press about “the cloud”. Using “the cloud” generally means you have access to resources (files, data, etc.) from anywhere at anytime. The info below is a reminder about MT’s cloud resources:

** Access Files from Home **
URL: http://mtfiles.mtwp.net
You can access the files on district storage servers (including shared folders) from anywhere in the world. We are using a program called Novell FILR to provide a web-based interface to all of your files. In a nutshell, visit the URL, login with your MT username/password, and download any of your files. If you make changes, upload the edited file so that the server will contain the most recent changes.

For detailed instructions, visit our Tech Resources page (https://www.mtwp.net/district/tech-resources/?category=5), or go directly to the FILR how-to (https://www.mtwp.net/download?d=3705).

** Access Files from Home – Part 2 **
URL: http://docs.mtwp.net (or just visit Google)
Google Docs/Drive is a great way to access files from anywhere in the world, and files can be easily shared, too. Read the related article in this issue of Tech Notes for additional info about Google Docs/Drive. (And, no, we do not have school Gmail accounts…;-)

** Gradebook, Attendance, Class Announcements (Sapphire) **
URL: http://pamt-sapphire.k12system.com
Teachers use this daily for grades and attendance, and it can also be used to post class announcements, assignments, etc.

** Email, Contacts, Calendar **
URL: http://webmail.mtwp.net
You can access email from any device via webmail using a browser. You can also configure your personal phone/tablet to access email via its built-in mail program.
Tutorials: (1) Login to the MT website then visit our Tech Resources page (https://www.mtwp.net/district/tech-resources/?category=5) to see several GroupWise how-to documents along with directions for configuring your phone/tablet for email. (2) Login to webmail, then click the gear icon (upper-right corner) and click Help to see the user’s guide.

These “cloud” services allow you to access the vast majority of school information from any device from anywhere in the world!

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