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Safer Internet Day 2023

February 6th, 2023 | by

Whether at work, at university, or during leisure time – the Internet and digital devices have become an omnipresent part of everyday life for the majority of people. We surf the internet from anywhere, at any time of the day. The question that arises though is: How safe is our use of the new media actually?

Numerous studies have repeatedly shown that many users massively underestimate the dangers associated with the use of new media. Year after year, the press reports on numerous cyber attacks in which the naivety and ignorance of users often lead to serious consequences. There is consensus among experts on one point: the most effective way to strengthen IT security is to raise awareness and train each individual user. This is exactly what the global Safer Internet Day (SID) campaign aims to do. Read the rest of this entry »

Two Years Omnichannel

February 3rd, 2023 | by

In most cases, the IT-ServiceDesk is the first point of contact for technical problems concerning the services of RWTH Aachen University.

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But how do you contact us?
Of course, in the way that is most convenient for you. Either via our chat support, by mail, by phone or via our ticket portal.

In order for you to be able to report in any way you want and at the same time for us to be able to handle any incoming request efficiently and with high quality, the Omnichannel tool was introduced.

And now we are celebrating the two-year anniversary of this tool. Thanks to this tool, for the past two years we have been able to manage customer requests more easily and efficiently, as we now have them from chat and phone bundled in one system.

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Change-Your-Password-Day

February 1st, 2023 | by
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Today is the official “change-your-password-day”. We would like to take this opportunity to once again draw attention to the importance of password security and have prepared a few tips for you.

Because hand on heart – when was the last time you changed your passwords?

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Behind the Scenes – Upgrade to Moodle 4.1

January 30th, 2023 | by
Bernd Decker at the RWTHtransparent 2023

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On March 2, 2023, RWTHmoodle will be updated to Moodle version 4.1. We have summarized all changes for our users on the info page.

But what is actually the story behind the change? For a look behind the scenes, we talked to the service manager of RWTHmoodle, Bernd Decker. Read the rest of this entry »

Protecting the HPC account with MFA

January 27th, 2023 | by
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Protection of the HPC account
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At least a little less than a dozen of Europe’s supercomputers were taken offline simultaneously in May 2020. Several university centres in Europe have been attacked by hackers and had to go offline. The unknown perpetrators hacked the accounts of the users in order to gain access to the supercomputers. Fortunately, our high-performance computer was not affected, but JURECA, JUWELS and JUDAC at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Hawk at the Stuttgart High Performance Computing Centre and the supercomputers at the Leibzig Computing Centre (LRZ), for example, fell victim to the attack.

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NHR4CES: High-Speed 4 Science

January 25th, 2023 | by
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Cards, posters, stickers and on social media: Everywhere you read the slogan “High-Speed 4 Science.” With this campaign, NHR4CES – National High Performance Computing for Computational Engineering Science – is drawing nationwide attention to its freely accessible service services.
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5 Tips on How to Keep Your Mobile Devices Safe

January 23rd, 2023 | by
Illustration of a smartphone

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They keep us connected at all times and in all places. They accompany us everywhere, wake us up, remind us of important appointments and provide us with entertainment. We are, of course, referring to smartphones. What was originally intended as a means of communication is now a calendar, camera, photo album, pocket watch, navigation device, pedometer and game console all in one. Even as most-used devices for Internet access, mobile devices have long since surpassed desktop computers. Smartphones are the very top of the list.

Mobile devices are practical everyday helpers, but they also hold a large amount of personal data, such as bank and credit card information. It is not uncommon for these end devices to even be used for two-factor authentication for bank transactions and other services. This makes them a popular target for hackers. With a few tips, you can effectively protect your mobile devices and the data stored on them. Read the rest of this entry »

Everything has an End – Also the TSM Backup

January 20th, 2023 | by
Business leader standing on arrow and holding flag. Illustrated as vector illustration.

Change processes are important to meet current and future requirements. This is also the case with our backup system! (Source: freepik)

Today we take you on a journey that starts with the ‘ADSM’, goes over the ‘TSM’ and up to the Commvault software. You have recognized it – today we are talking about the history of our backup services.

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IT Center Annual Review 2022

January 18th, 2023 | by

 

Typewriter with a piece of paper on which Review is written on.

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Just a quick blink and 2022 is already over.
Now we are standing in the middle of the first chapter of 2023.
Last year was characterized by many changes, especially based on the motto “ away from online – towards presence”.

We are looking back at the past year and take you with us.

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Tips & Tricks for Microsoft Outlook

January 16th, 2023 | by
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Microsoft Outlook is a popular software that is mainly used for managing e-mails and appointments. You use it to receive and send your e-mails, coordinate appointments, maintain contacts, and manage tasks. Despite the fact that it is frequently used on a daily basis, one doesn’t necessarily know all of its functions. For this reason, we have compiled six useful tips for you below, which will make using Outlook even easier.

Please note that some functions are available in Microsoft Outlook, but do not work or work differently in the web application. The tips and tricks mentioned here refer to the Microsoft Outlook software, which is included in the Office package. Read the rest of this entry »