This Month in IT, September 2022

Welcome to the inaugural issue of our monthly newsletter, created to give you the IT information you need right now. Here, faculty and staff can find timely updates and training opportunities on the systems and software they use; tips to help them maintain the integrity of the data or content critical to their work; and links to articles and tools that we hope will make their job easier.

Students can find connection tips to software for classwork and labs, new research technology to upgrades that improve streaming and gaming — basically all the latest need-to-knows and good-to-knows in Princeton tech.

Getting started with the Fall semester

It’s that time again. As you’re preparing to start, or resume, your work on campus, we suggest visiting the resources on our Get Started with IT page.

  • First-year students: Find steps here to help you set up your devices and access University resources (via your netID).

  • Returning undergrads: Scroll down the IT resources page to “Accessing services for coursework and research” to find class materials in Canvas, use a virtual desktop to work remotely, and more.

  • Grad students: Find links to academic software here, as well as set-up tips for the new-to-campus, and updates for researchers working with sensitive data.

  • New hires: Find steps to help you set up your devices and access Princeton resources via your netID.

  • New and returning faculty and staff: Find links to academic software; teaching, administration and collaboration tools; and updates on how to keep your data secure.

What’s new with the Creative Cloud

If you use any of the 20+ apps within Adobe’s Creative Cloud (e.g. Acrobat, Photoshop, etc.), we have good news: as of now, you no longer have to buy an Adobe license to use them. The creative suite is available at no additional charge, and if you’re working on a University computer, it’s pre-installed.

Using Creative Cloud for the first time? If you’re not on a campus computer, you’ll just have to sign into Adobe with your netID and download the software.

Want more detail on Adobe’s apps? Find FAQs and more here.

Heads-up for gamers

Thanks to campus upgrades, you can kick your gaming into high gear: the campus wireless network (servicenet) is high-speed, low-lag, and supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP).

How to get started:

  • If you’ve gamed here before, you don’t have to do anything new.
  • If you’re bringing a new device to campus, you’ll need to register it first, here.

Need registration help? Find it here, along with more details.

Creating accessible coursework and communications

Princeton has an unwavering commitment to inclusivity, in every form. Because that includes accessibility for those with disabilities, we recommend using University accessibility guidelines whenever creating lesson plans or welcome communications.

Security spotlight

At Princeton, you are part of a very high-profile community, which could make you more vulnerable to phishing or other security concerns. It’s important that we work together to keep your University (and personal) data safe.

What’s next

For students living on campus: Tech issues can come up anytime; Student Technology Consultants (STCs) are often your first line of defense. Find out how to contact yours.

For researchers and postdocs: Soon you may find yourself needing to send sensitive data; check out these processes that allow you to classify and send files securely.

Register for Virtual training opportunities

  • Introduction to Process Mapping, September 15, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Princeton Site Builder Part 1, September 22, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Princeton Site Builder Part 2, September 22, 1:30 p.m – 3:30 p.m
  • Princeton Site Builder Part 3, September 23, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m
  • Princeton Site Builder Part 4, September 23, 1:30 p.m – 3:30 p.m