April 2020 Technology Newsletter
By: Michael Kealy
Yes, the below email is real! The district subscribes to a service that sends harmless emails which mimic phishing emails to district users. If a user interacts with one of these emails (i.e. clicks on a link or responds to the email) they are automatically enrolled in a training to help raise awareness about protecting equipment and data from malicious attacks and will receive an email similar to the one below. Technology Directors throughout Dutchess County have seen a significant increase in real phishing emails since school has been closed, so please be alert. Be cautious of emails that offer free trials, gift cards, or donations for COVID-19. Reminder: A user only receives a training email if they interact with the fake email.
Recent Updates To Google Meets
Approve requests to join—During a video meeting, only the meeting creator can see and approve requests to join the meeting from outside of the school’s G Suite domain.
If a teacher creates a meeting and wants to include guests with an email address that’s outside of their school domain, make sure they stay on the call until all external guests have been approved to join.
- Manage participants—Only the meeting creator can mute or remove participants.
- Prevent meeting reuse—Students can’t rejoin the call if teachers leave a nicknamed meeting last
- Google Meet is now available in Gmail, which means you can start and join meetings right from your inbox, making it even easier to stay connected