4 Essential Tips for Surviving Your First Week
January 15, 2019
Welcome back, Comets! We hope that you had a wonderful winter break. We are thrilled that you are here and are looking forward to another incredible semester.
With the spring semester officially underway, the Office of Information Technology would like to provide you with a few tips to help you transition into the new semester with grace and ease.
Ensure that your Computer is up-to-date
It is very important that you install the latest software updates in order to keep your computer safe and operating at peak efficiency. Software updates help fix bugs, improve the user experience, and close potential security loopholes in order to keep your computer and your data safe.
Update your Password
While changing your password can be inconvenient or frustrating at times, it can mean the difference between getting hacked or keeping your data safe. In today’s world, we see far too many examples of what can happen when someone’s account is hacked. From identity theft to ransomware, hackers are always on the prowl. Updating your password will help decrease the likelihood of a hacker ruining your day. Visit www.utdallas.edu/oit/netid/self-service/ to manage your account password.
Take Advantage of Office 365 for Free
From essays to presentations, students, faculty, and staff have always been in need of Microsoft Office. In the past, this software was only available on university-owned computers. Today, the University provides you free access to the Microsoft Office 365 software suite for your personal computer. The software available includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook. Visit www.utdallas.edu/oit/office365 for more information.
Download UTD Mobile
The University has developed a mobile application that provides useful information to you in real time. UTD Mobile is a one-stop shop for finding information ranging from campus wayfinding to information on current events. Some of the amazing features include a campus map, real-time Comet Cab/Comet Cruiser locations, real-time parking garage spaces, a directory of emergency numbers, and even online food ordering through UTD Dining Services. It is the perfect companion for the student who is on-the-go. UTD Mobile is available for free through the App Store or Google Play.
We understand that getting through the first week can sometimes feel overwhelming. The Office of Information Technology is dedicated to helping students, faculty, and staff succeed and achieve their academic goals. If you need additional assistance with your computer or your account, please feel free to contact the Help Desk at 972-883-2911, [email protected], or by visiting them at any of their walk-up locations on campus. For more information on how to get in touch with the Help Desk, please visit www.utdallas.edu/oit/helpdesk/.