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self-help technology resources for the Towson University community. (For other non-profit use please refer to our copyright information.) To open a publication or play a movie tutorial, click on its title. If your browser does not properly display the publication, you may need to install a free copy of Adobe Reader. If your browser does not properly display the movie, you may need to install a free copy of Adobe Flash Player. To search this page for a specific word or phrase, press Ctrl-F.
PDF: Creating a PDF
The Portable Document Format (PDF) standard
was created to provide a fixed permanent
layout of a document, viewable across
multiple platforms. By creating this
standard, a user is able to convert a
document into a PDF format and have the
document widely available while preserving
the formatting and content. In this
self-help document, you will learn how to
convert a document into a PDF format using
PDF Security: Creating an Uneditable PDF
Microsoft Office 2013 has a new feature that
allows users to open a PDF
document. While this is a great new tool, it
gives readers the ability to edit
your PDF document unless you protect it.
This self-help document will step
you through how to change the security
options of a PDF thereby restricting
the user’s ability to make changes.
FDS: Access the FDS and Create a Delivery
Towson University’s File Delivery Service is
an outlet for TU users to securely share
files too large to send as attachments
through conventional delivery services. This
self-help document will step you through how
to access the FDS and how to create an
An Overivew (VIDEO) The File Delivery Service (FDS) is
a tool used at Towson University to send
large files that cannot be sent via email.
The FDS tool can be located at
fds.towson.edu. For more information on this
or any other video, please visit
Managing Network Drives: An Overview
Network drives are extra storage containers
located on another computer called a server
where you can store data. Network drives are
easily accessible both on and off campus.
You also have the ability to restore deleted
or incorrectly modified files on a network
drive. In this self-help document you will
learn how to access your drives and restore
previous versions of a document.
Poster Production: Guide for Students The Student Computing Services (SCS) Lab in Cook 35 houses a large-format color printer that students may use to print posters in fulfillment of class assignments or for research expositions and conference poster sessions. This guide describes the procedure by which students may use this service and offers advice toward making their posters as engaging and effective as possible.
Dell Data Protection: Securing
To further protect PC’s that have access
to sensitive data, the Dell Data
Protection (DDP) client detects and
encrypts USB/Flash drives when they are
plugged into an encrypted system. This
document will step you through the
process of accessing data on an
encrypted USB drive
Identity Finder: Installation
This self-help document will show you
how to install Identity Finder through
the Software Center for Windows and the
Self Service Application for Macs.
Identity Finder: Performing a Search
Because data breaches are so prevalent
and can be costly to the University, TU
has made Identify Finder (IDF) available
to all faculty and staff. Identify
Finder is a software program that scans
both laptops and desktop computers for
the purpose of identifying personally
identifiable information (PII).
Identity Finder: FAQ
Identity Finder is an application that
runs on Windows or Mac that can scan for
Personally Identifiable Information
(PII) on your local computer or on a
shared network drive that you have
access to. It also provides a way to
remediate such information once it is
OpenDNS is a high-tech company that
provides easy to implement internet
navigation and web security solutions.
Open DNS increases the speed of
navigating websites and prevents
unintended access to phishing and
Temporary Computer Administrator Rights Tool
The Temporary Computer Administrator Rights Tool allows faculty and
staff to grant temporary administrator
access to a workstation for up to 3 hours.
Permission may be granted to yourself or an
alternate NetID (such as a student employee
or graduate assistant).
Twitter: Twitter Basics
Twitter is a social networking community centered around the concept of micro-blogging. In this document you will learn the basics of Twitter, including tweeting, following, and finding your target audience.
Video and Lecture Capture Tools
OTS offers a number of Video and Lecture
Capture Tools for your use. This matrix will
show you the Primary Focus, Expected
Scenarios and Skill Levels of each providing
you with the data necessary to choose the
right product for the task at hand.
Installing a Webcam: Logitech HD Pro
(plug and play)
When using web conferencing software such as
Lync and WebEx, you may want to install a
webcam to get the most out of your web
conferencing experience. This self-help
document will step you through how to
install a standard webcam (Logitech HD Pro)
using the plug and play technique (no
Preparing Web Images with WebResizer.com
There are dozens of applications well
suited to the image processing tasks associated with Web publishing. But when it comes
to preparing images for use on the Web, most of us need to do three,
and only three, things:
Crop and Optimize. This document describes
WebResizer.com, a web-based application particularly well suited to these tasks.