How to protect your Google Apps account

Suspect suspicious activity? Contact Information Services on x55555

Suspect suspicious activity? Contact Information Services on x55555

Research data, personal information and sensitive documents are often the target of hackers who use this information for identity theft, financial fraud or a stepping stone to access other systems.  That’s why you need to take steps to protect your Google Apps account.

Griffith University staff and students are provided with a Google Apps account to communicate and collaborate. It is important to remain vigilant and be aware of any suspicious activity that may be occurring in this account. Read the rest of this entry »

The Big Bang theory, black holes and the multiverse


Did you know you have access to the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics? 

The journal covers all aspects of cosmology and particle astrophysics and encompasses theoretical, observational and experimental areas as well as computation and simulation.

The latest issue contains articles on a wide array of subjects that would interest a budding astrophysicist (or an actual astrophysicist!). Learn about the speed of Galileon gravity, Self-Interacting Dark Matter, or minicharged particles from the Sun. Read the rest of this entry »

What can you do in April to become a better researcher?


You can attend our academic, library and computing skills training for HDR Candidates and Researchers. They are a series of workshops targeted to support you through all stages of the research lifecycle.  Check out the April timetable and book now! Or take a look at the 2016 Semester 1 Workshop Timetable for upcoming training.

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These are the 25 worst passwords of 2015


Is your password on the naughty list?

We have all experienced the frustration of having to update our password for one of our gazillion computer accounts; email, Netflix, ASOS, Spotify, Instagram, PayPal, iTunes…

Then there are the passwords for uni. The security-conscious folk at Griffith Uni make us change our passwords regularly so we can keep our account safe from hackers. And we totally appreciate it! Who wants hackers reading your rejected Mills and Boon manuscript saved on your Google Drive?

But let’s be honest, it’s hard having to think of a password you haven’t used in the last 12 months. So inevitably, you may choose a password that is too simple, weak or just plain obvious (c’mon, have you ever used griffith for a uni password?).

So SplashData made a naughty list; the 25 worst passwords for 2015. The list is based on more than 2 million passwords that leaked online last year.

Check out the naughty list and see if any of your passwords are hacker-friendly. Here are a few offenders:

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. qwerty
  4. login
  5. princess

Read the full article in this month’s issue of PC World, which is available to Griffith students and staff via the EBSCO database:

How safe is your password? For tips on keeping your password secure, go to Griffith University’s Secure passwords page.

3 free apps to measure how healthy you are


Are you obsessed with measuring your health; whether it’s checking weight reduction on the scales, muscle growth with the measuring tape or calories burned on the treadmill?  Well, let us assist you with your obsession.

We have uncovered three apps which provide you with the tools to monitor, quantify, calculate and evaluate your health at the mere click of a download button.

With the apps developed by Azumio Inc, you can measure your heart rate and your stress levels (apparently, increased stress levels can be healthy!).  The third app watches you while you sleep (not really, that’s creepy!). Sleep Cycle measures your sleep and presents you with an analysis of sleep quality.  Bonus: it’s an alarm clock too!

You may not have much confidence in the accuracy of the apps’ results, but it provides many minutes of entertainment and a moment of smug satisfaction that you are indeed health conscious. Download our top three healthy apps for April: Read the rest of this entry »

How to make collaboration in the workplace easier


Collaborating in the workplace is a challenge regardless of where your colleagues are located. Whether you are separated by an ocean or a cubicle wall, it can be difficult to exchange information and get work done. But Network and Collaboration Services can help! We provide a variety of collaborative technologies to help you make the most of your time.

Need a new desk phone or mobile device?  Want to hold a more efficient meeting with people on multiple campuses and locations?  Do you know how to use Google Apps to email, schedule, chat, create, share, store, organise and collaborate with others? You can find helpful tools and information on our brand new Collaboration website.

We provide information and advice on:

  • How to make the most of your video phone
  • Mobile devices available for staff and the relevant plans to do your job
  • Time-saving options for conferencing – teleconferences, video conferences and webinars (WebEx)
  • Ways to communicate to staff and students such as the broadcast email system or bulk SMS service
  • Tips on Google Apps and how they can meet your needs
  • How to update your phonebook entry.

Network and Collaboration Services also have self-help and online forms to streamline requests. For any question or comments, please contact us via email or phone x54444.

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Newspapers now available in Westlaw


Legal databases are just for law students, law school faculty and lawyers, right?

Um, wrong! Most of us like to keep abreast of local and international news, whether it’s serious political shenanigans or entertaining celebrity gossip. And one of our key legal databases now makes news and current affairs more accessible.

Thomson Reuters Westlaw provides access to Australian and New Zealand newspapers, such as The Age, The Australian, Australian Financial Review, Courier Mail, Gold Coast Bulletin and Sydney Morning Herald.

You can find articles, columns, letters and other sections of text from newspaper publications; however, images are not available. The database contains back issues of each newspaper so you can conduct quite an extensive search. For example, you can find full-text articles from The Courier Mail from 2001 to present.

Maybe you are after slightly more exotic news than the offerings of local publications? Not a problem. Thomson Reuters contains newspapers from America, Asia, Europe, United Kingdom and more. So if you are an avid reader of the Huffington Post, the Daily Telegraph or Montreal Gazette, Thomson Reuters Westlaw has you covered.

To access Thomson Reuters Westlaw newspapers:

Not finding the information you need?  Higher Degree Research candidates, academic staff and researchers can book a research consultation with a library specialist. Research Consultations provide you with an opportunity to explore your research specific information needs with a library professional.


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