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IT Newslett for Staff - Feb 2014
for Staff Feb 2014

Is that shortened link safe?

The appearance of shortened URLs more than 10 years ago, have made sharing website links easier. However, shortened URLs are a growing security risk as they do not allow users to confirm that a link is what it claims to be before they click on it.

How could you become more discerning of the links you click? Find out a few quick tips here.

Encryption of hard disks on computers

RMS and Truecrypt was introduced to staff over the last few years for the encryption of sensitive information at file level.

To further prevent unauthorised access to corporate data on computers or minimise the risk of data exposure in the event of loss, full hard disk encryption will be introduced to staff in 2014 in stages. More details will be released nearer the date of implementation.

Full hard disk encryption is a IT Security requirement and all NP-issued desktop computers or notebooks will be encrypted using BitLocker (Windows-based machines) or FileVault (Macintosh machines) during the exercise. By encrypting the entire hard disk, all files will be encrypted.


System Maintenance Schedule for Feb 2014

Sat, 8 Feb 2014, 9am to 6pm

NP Home Page & Staff Portal
During the maintenance,
i) Users may experience slowness when accessing the following URLs:

ii) Site owners will not be able to update the content on the NP Home Page & Staff Portal.

Fri, 14 Feb 2014, 8pm to Sat, 15 Feb 2014, 12noon

Network maintenance
During the maintenance,
i. Access to wired or wireless network at Blk 47 may be unavailable momentarily.

ii. users may experience slowness when accessing the internet in campus.

Sun, 16 Feb 2014, 1pm to 4pm

NPal2 maintenance
There will be a scheduled NPal2 system maintenance on Sunday, 16 Feb 2014, 1pm to 4pm

All NPal2 services for staff and students will be unavailable during the maintenance period.


Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Please email to should you require further information or clarification.

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