The KCTCS Technology Solutions department empowers employees and students with helpful information to ensure computer safety and useful recommendations and guides for hardware/software:
KCTCS strongly recommends that students come to college with their own laptop or tablet.
Your program requirements, budget, and preference should be the primary factors in choosing a laptop/tablet. Most laptops on the market will meet basic needs; however, KCTCS offers a few guidelines. You should consider the program of study you will be pursuing, as some areas of study may have more stringent requirements than the recommendations listed below.
Minimum suggested laptop computer hardware:
Minimum suggested tablet computer hardware:
Other considerations when purchasing a computer include warranty, accidental damage plans, display size and resolution, weight of the hardware, battery life, and charging options. A warranty may help if the laptop/tablet experiences problems in the first years of ownership. You should consider the most appropriate warranty for your needs, and should consider whether an accidental damage plan would be beneficial. You should also consider where and how you will carry and use the laptop/tablet and how to keep it charged.
Visit http://kctcs.edu/en/email/FAQs.aspx to learn about software available free of charge or at a discounted rate.
Microsoft offers some very useful quick reference guides for both employees and students for Office 2013.
Strong passwords are required by KCTCS. They need to be in accordance with your domain policy and also be unique, never before used passwords:
Malware, Spyware, and Viruses
Optionally, software can be utilized to protect a laptop, should it be stolen. Both Windows and Mac platforms have software available that will encrypt data.
Don't leave laptops, cell phones, or any other electronic devices unattended.
Some types of phishing emails require a click on a link to open a web page for "validating" information. These links can be disguised to appear to be sent from a kctcs.edu domain website, but they actually open a site from a non-KCTCS-affiliated website. Clicking on these links may inflict a "drive-by" infection on a computer, which may result in compromising personal information and requiring a rebuild of the PC.
What to do if an account holder has replied to a phishing email
How to detect a potential scam
If in doubt about the validity of an email message, please contact the local IT staff or Information Security Officer.
To increase the ability to recover a lost device, follow the owner’s manual instructions to set up owner information on the device. If the device does not contain a method for doing this, create a text file in the main folder called “Return-to-Owner-Information.txt”. The file name could be different if desired, but be sure to start the file name with a word that quickly identifies the content. In this file, include the current contact information and how the user could return the device.
If the device supports it, enable encryption or locking features to protect sensitive data on the device. Should an account holder forget an encryption key, it may not be possible to recover the data. For devices that do not directly support encryption, obtain software from a vendor that can provide these services. Encrypting or locking the device will also require users to decrypt or unlock it before the contents can be accessed, so this may require special software on the machine(s) that is attempting to access the data.
Make regular backups of any critical data on the device by copying it to a KCTCS supported server or an approved medium.
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Microsoft offers some very useful quick reference guides for both employees and students for Office 2013. If you’re new to Office 2013, you can download any of the free Quick Start Guides. These printable guides contain useful tips, shortcuts, and screenshots to help you find your way around.