Wednesday, November 29, 2017

macOS High Sierra users need to run Security Update to prevent full admin access without a password

Apple has released a security update to fix a flaw that allows full admin access without a password. Anyone who has a Macintosh computer running macOS High Sierra should apply this security update. ITS has taken the necessary steps to secure College-owned Apple computers, but even so, you should run the latest security update. Personally-owned Macs need to run the security update as well.

How to find the macOS version number on your Mac

  1. Go to the Apple menu located on the top left corner of your screen.
  2. Choose About This Mac.
  3. Go to the Overview tab.
  4. Beneath macOS or OS X, the version of your Mac’s operating system appears.
  5. If macOS High Sierra appears, you need install Security Updates to take care of this vulnerability.  

How to run macOS Security Update

  1. Go to the Apple menu located on the top left corner of your screen.
  2. Choose App Store…
  3. Click Updates.
  4. When Security Update 2017-001—or any other Security Update—appears, click UPDATE.
  5. If no security updates appear, your system is already secure.


If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 651-696-6525 or

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A fresh new look for Google Calendar arrives November 28, 2017

A fresh look and new features are coming to Google Calendar on the web. Users of the mobile app will find the new look familiar, including the modern color palette and sleek design, and a responsive layout that auto-adjusts to your screen size.

New Google Calendar Timeline

  • November 28, 2017: Use new Calendar opt-in feature will start to appear for Macalester Calendar users. It may take several days for this new feature to gradually roll out to all users.
  • February 28, 2018: Any users who are still accessing the classic Calendar interface will be transitioned to the new Calendar with no ability to opt out.

New & Classic Calendar: Opt in, Opt out

For a limited time you’ll be able to opt in to use new Calendar--and back to Classic--before it becomes our standard view on February 28, 2018.

Try the new Calendar

  1. On a computer, open Google Calendar.
  2. On the top right of your screen click Use new Calendar.
  3. To go back to the old Calendar at any time, click Settings menu (cog icon on the top right) and then Back to classic Calendar.

Note: If you cannot see "Use new Calendar", the new Calendar isn’t available for your account yet.

In the new Calendar for web, you can:

  • Add rich formatting and hyperlinks to Calendar invites.
  • Manage multiple calendars side by side in Day view.
  • Day, Week, and Month views are now more accessible, featuring better compatibility with screen readers.
  • Coming soon! See conference room details when booking a room.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Listen to voicemail messages from the retired CallPilot voicemail system

A new Google-integrated voicemail system replaced the CallPilot voicemail system on Thursday, November 16 2017. You may access your old voicemail account to retrieve any messages left for you prior to the new system going live.

How to access your voice mailbox from the old system

  1. From your own campus phone, dial 6008.
  2. Enter your mailbox number, followed by number sign (#)
  3. Enter your password, followed by number sign (#).
  4. New messages will play automatically.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Kelly Borke at 651-696-6566 or