Wednesday, August 23, 2017

K201 - Word of the Day

August 22, 2017 - Virtualization: Virtualization uses software to share hardware resources among multiple virtual computer systems. Doing this allows businesses to run more than one virtual system, and multiple operating systems and applications, on a single server.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Text Book bundle LATE Arrival

The textbook bundle will not be at the bookstore for the start of classes.  We expect them to arrive by the end of the first week.

Here are PDF files of the first two chapters so you have the material needed for this week.

Understanding Computers Chapter 1 

Understanding Computers Chapter 2

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

K201 FREE Tutoring Fall 2017

The department paid FREE K201 Tutoring is in UL 2135 D  (MAC STAT lab located in the IUPUI Library 2nd floor near the Writing Center.)

The MAC Stat tutoring lab is open with tutors ready to help, but they will not ALL have had our K201 course.  Our K201 content experts (the Tutors that have successfully taken K201) will be available Fall 2017 (this schedule will be updated as the new tutors schedules are added)
Monday: 9am-9pm
Tuesday: 9am-9pm​
Wednesday: 9am-9pm
Thursday: 9am-6pm
Friday: 9am-6pm
Saturday: noon-5pm
Sunday: noon-5pm (K201 1-4:30pm only)
Please check in with your JagTag/Crimson card upon arrival.

Welcome to K201 The Computer in Business!!

Required Textbooks

There is ONE Cengage bundle for K201 Fall 2017.

The Cengage Bundle (ISBN 9781337789103) is available at the bookstores and contains FOUR items.  Note:  The 3 printed texts are LOOSE LEAF, so you will likely want to put them in binders. We will use ONE book at a time rotating books throughout the semester according to the daily schedule.
1.         SAM (Skills Assessment Manager) LMS Integrated SAM 365 & 2016 Assessments, Trainings, and Projects with 1 MindTap Reader Printed Access Card (access code card)

The three hard copy paper 3-hole punched textbooks
2.         Custom Understanding Computers Today & Tomorrow 16th ed Comprehensive by Morley & Parker
3.         Custom New Perspectives Excel 2016 (MS Office 365) Comprehensive by Parsons, Oja, Carey, & Desjardins
4.         Custom New Perspectives Access 2016 (MS Office 365) Intermediate by Shellman & Vodnik

The course kits are available at the campus JAGS Bookstore (, Indy`s College Bookstore (, and Textbook Alternatives ( please price shop for the best deal. 

You may purchase SAM access separately from the SAM login link online.

Your Instructor looks forward to meeting you!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

MAC Users Beware!

Mac security facts and fallacies

Posted March 8, 2017 by Thomas Reed

There are many Mac security myths circulating among users. So how can you tell if the advice you’re reading is fact or fallacy? Read on to find out!
Fallacy: Macs don’t get viruses

The idea that there are no viruses for the Mac goes back to the beginning of Mac OS X, at the very beginning of this millennium. Most people associate this idea most strongly with the “I’m a Mac/I’m a PC” commercials from a decade ago, such as this one that ran in 2006:

Unfortunately, this is a myth. As with most good myths, though, there’s a slight element of truth.
Technically speaking, a virus is malware that spreads by itself, by attaching itself to other files. By this strict definition, there are no Mac viruses. However, by that token, there also aren’t very many Windows viruses these days, either. Viruses have mostly disappeared from the threat landscape.
The average person, though, understands a virus to be any kind of malicious software. (A better term for this is “malware.”) Since there definitely is malware for the Mac, as well as a plethora of other threat types, the spirit of the “there are no Mac viruses” claim is completely false. Don’t allow yourself to be misled!

True malware is malicious in nature—thus the name, malicious software— with the goal of stealing or scamming data or money from the user. Examples of malware are backdoors that provide access to the computer, spyware that logs keystrokes and captures pictures with the webcam, ransomware that encrypts the user’s files in order to hold them for ransom, and other such nefarious programs.
On the Mac, true malware is rare. A “big spike” of new Mac malware happened in 2012, when 11 new pieces of malware appeared. The average Mac user has never seen any malware.

So why should Mac users be concerned? Because other threats are a rapidly growing problem on the Mac. Over the last several years, there has been an increasing amount of adware and Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) for the Mac.

Adware is software that injects ads into websites where they don’t belong and changes your search engine to a different one. Adware is designed to scam advertisers and search engines. The infected Macs are no more than a vehicle for generating revenue fraudulently from advertisers and search engines, who pay these adware-producing “affiliates” for referrals.

PUPs are programs that are generally unwanted by users. These can include so-called “legitimate” keyloggers (marketed as a means for monitoring your kids or employees), scammy “cleaning” apps (Macs don’t need that kind of cleaning), supposed “antivirus” or “anti-adware” apps that don’t actually detect anything, and so on.

Adware and PUPs are a serious problem on the Mac right now. Although these things are not malware, they are a huge nuisance. Worse, they can create security vulnerabilities that make it more likely for you to get infected with actual malware. For example, in 2015, a vulnerability in a common PUP (MacKeeper) was used to install malware on Macs that had MacKeeper installed.
Fallacy: Macs are more secure than Windows

Many years ago, Apple abandoned the old “classic” Mac system in favor of one based on Unix, a mature and security-oriented system. Apple has made some great security improvements to macOS in recent years, and as a result, Macs are more secure today than they ever have been.
Of course, nothing is ever perfect, and macOS security is certainly far from it. There are plenty of ways to circumvent Mac security. Add to this the fact that security of Windows has improved over the years as well and it becomes difficult to say which system is more secure.

As with other such myths, there’s an element of truth here, though. Macs certainly suffer under a far smaller burden of threats than Windows. Many thousands of new Windows malware variants appear every day, while it’s a busy month in the Mac world if more than one new piece of malware appears. This means that, although there may not be any explicit, major security differences between the two systems, Macs do tend to be statistically safer simply due to the smaller number of threats.

Fact: macOS has built-in anti-malware software
Although this feature is well-hidden from the user, and cannot be turned off, this is true. Apple’s anti-malware software is called XProtect, and it consists of some basic signatures for identifying known malicious apps.
When you try to open an app for the first time, the system will check it against the XProtect signatures. If the app matches one of those signatures, the system won’t allow it to open.

Of course, there are a couple problems with XProtect. First, of course, as with any signature-based detection, it can only detect and block malware that Apple has seen before.
More importantly, though, it only detects malware. Since the vast majority of the threats for Macs are adware and PUPs, that leaves a lot that it doesn’t protect against. You shouldn’t rely on XProtect as your sole protection against threats, but nonetheless, this is very good layer of protection to have as an integral part of the system.

Fallacy: Macs don’t need security software
Antivirus software has gotten a bad rap on the Mac over the years. Thanks to historically low incidence of Mac malware, coupled with the system problems that some antivirus programs have been known to cause, Mac users are skittish about installing security software. Making matters worse, Mac “experts” will tell people that they don’t need security software, because macOS contains all the protection they need.

However, the number of Mac users infected by malware and other Mac threats has had exponential growth since 2010, when adware and PUPs weren’t really a thing on the Mac yet and when new malware sightings were few and far between. We’re seeing large numbers of people infected with Mac threats every day, on a much larger scale than even just a few years ago.

Clearly, there is an epidemic problem with threats—mostly adware and PUPs—on the Mac, and also clearly, the built-in security in macOS is not adequate to deal with this problem. It is becoming increasingly necessary for Mac users to have an additional layer of security, and in particular, to have something that is effective against adware and PUPs, which are the biggest problem. If you’re a Mac user, you might consider downloading software such as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac, which removes adware, PUPs, and malware for free.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

BACK Door to SAM if Canvas is unavailable

When students initially registered for SAM via Canvas, they were prompted to create a Cengage account.

Using that same Cengage account, you can access SAM directly at

After logging in, you can click the “open” button next to your course title.

Students will be taken to SAM calendar page but can also switch to the SAM assignments tab to explore their assignments.  Everything else is the same from here.

Profs may need to click the sync button once Canvas comes back online to ensure grades sync from SAM to Canvas.

Click here for SAM Backdoor access instructions with images