Friday, October 21, 2016

Run Software Updates

When you see Software Updates pop up on your device, do you ignore them? Do you tell yourself, “I’ll do it later” but later never comes? Don’t wait: run software updates now and you’ll increase your security. Better yet, enable auto-update features on your devices to install the newest ones automatically. Your devices are more secure when they are up to date, reducing the chances of being hacked.  

Most software vendors are constantly working to improve their products. Operating System (OS) updates patch holes and fix problems. Anti-virus updates add new definitions and help your computer recognize, then deter, computer viruses. Regularly running updates significantly improves your computer's security and lowers your chances of having your system hacked. You can easily set your computer's default to automatically check for and run updates, so that you need not remember to do so manually.

Check out the post on macOS Sierra before updating your Apple operating system.

For more information on software updates and securing your computer, visit ITS Safe Computing.

Argos 5.1: Macalester Reports

Argos, Macalester's reporting utility, will be updated to version 5.1 on October 22, 2016. This update will include a new look and feel.

The Argos client and Argos Web Viewer have been updated to have a more modern-looking user interface that is easy to navigate, with certain areas now scaling better on different screen sizes. Icons and styling have been updated throughout the application, along with many other usability improvements to the user interface.

The Search feature in the Argos client has been moved from the Search tab into a search bar at the top of the screen.

If you have any questions about these changes or Argos in general, please contact the ITS helpdesk at

Monday, October 10, 2016

uPortal error when accessing 1600grand

Recently, several users have reported receiving a uPortal error when logging in to 1600grand. ITS is working with our software vendor to resolve the problem. If you experience this error, please use a different Web browser.  We will follow up via the Daily Piper when a permanent solution is in place. Contact the ITS Help Desk at or 651-696-6525 if you have any questions or concerns.