Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Fight the Phish!

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Week Two’s message is: Fight the Phish!

Play hard to get with strangers. Cyber criminals use phishing tactics, hoping to fool their victims. If you’re unsure who an email is from—even if the details appear accurate—or if the email looks “phishy,” do not respond and do not click on any links or attachments found in that email. Continue reading

It’s Time to Change Your Password!

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As a follow-up to our announcements in June and August, the Department of Technology would like to remind everyone that we must reinstitute a required password change for all staff and all students in grades 3-12. For any staff member or student who has not changed their password by Thursday, October 14, 2021, a forced password prompt will occur on the morning of October 15, 2021. The password prompt will appear only for those who have not already changed their password. Continue reading

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month; This Week’s Message: Be Cyber Smart

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Held every October, Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. For the 18th annual Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Department of Technology will be sending out weekly messages. This week’s message is: Be Cyber Smart.

Shake up your password protocol! Continue reading

YouTube Content Settings

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The Department of Technology was made aware of issues where K-8 students were unable to view instructional videos made available by their teachers in YouTube. After reaching out to Google, we learned that they’ve introduced a new approach called Google Service by Age. This change impacts our students’ use of YouTube.

In response to Google’s failure to notify us of this change, ACPS has applied settings to enable appropriate access for all students. At this time, all ACPS students should be able to access YouTube videos while signed into their browser with their ACPS Google account. Continue reading

Phishing Reminder: Don’t Take the Bait!

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Don’t get hooked by phishing attacks! Stay vigilant, have a cautious lens, and think first before you click! Take a few minutes and read through our tutorial to learn more about phishing and how to spot malicious emails in the future.

If you receive an email that asks for your ACPS password or a credit card number, please delete that email ASAP! You should NEVER share your password in response to an email. ACPS Technology Department staff and legitimate businesses will NEVER ask for your password through an email. Continue reading

Good News from Zoom!

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The Department of Technology has received good news from Zoom! Zoom is waiving the 40-minute time limit for all education Zoom meetings within our @k12albemarle.org environment.

ACPS employees should be vigilant in managing and sharing links to Zoom meetings with students, families and stakeholders. Failure to do so may result in “Zoombombing” or other inappropriate access issues. Continue reading

Welcome Back from the Department of Technology

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The Department of Technology welcomes you to the 2021-22 school year! We have several important updates and best practices we’d like to share with you:

On-site Technology Staff Assignments: We have adjusted some Learning Technology Integrator (LTI) and Technology Support Specialist (TSS) building assignments for this school year. Click here for the list of assignments.

How to Receive Technology Support: Continue reading

Making Long Distance Calls

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Starting today, Monday, July 12, all ACPS VoIP phones will have long distance calling enabled without the need for a passcode. We believe this will remove barriers for teachers to communicate with families who have out-of-area cell phone numbers.

If you have questions or if you experience difficulty placing a long distance call from your phone, please submit a service desk ticket.