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High internet costs? Here’s why.

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Occasionally we receive enquiries regarding seemingly high Inetkey costs, especially from students. Usually, the causes are fairly straight-forward and can be easily prevented. 

It’s very difficult to say what is causing or what the source of the traffic is without actually looking at your Inetkey logs. So, to start, before contacting us about your Inetkey usage, first look at your logs on http://www.sun.ac.za/useradm and go to the [View Internet Usage] tool and under “View Type” select “Source” and select USER to refresh the display. If you take note of all the IP addresses and see if they are in fact your devices, you will get a better idea of which device is generating the traffic and at which times.

Keep in mind that Stellenbosch University has numerous times been rated as having the fastest internet in South Africa. Current speed tests show that the download speed is 95.29 MB per second and an upload speed of 58.12 MB per second. Subsequently, you can easily run up a massive Inetkey bill within minutes.

The following are a few potential causes for high Inetkey usage:

  • Windows 10 updates that cannot easily be switched off with traditional means. However, if the device is on the SU network and set up to receive updates from IT’s WSUS server, updates will be downloaded locally and not run via Inetkey.
  • Updates stopping and restarting or not completing. Windows 10 1709 Creative Update is a little under 4Gb.
  • Inetkey being left open on a device that is unattended overnight or during classes.
  • Video streaming from sites not on the firewall exception list. Watching an HD streamed movie during the day and evening can generate 3Gb of data per hour.
  • Using a laptop as a wifi hotspot for a cell phone to save on data costs.
  • Using filesharing protocols like BitTorrent. Remember that uploads and downloads both generate traffic. If you use BitTorrent you are also seeding and will also pay for someone downloading your own files.
  • Syncing files to DropBox.
  • Weak passwords allowing neighbours and friends to share internet connections from adjacent rooms.
  • Passwords being leaked to a friend or partners and then abused at a later stage.
  • Viruses or malware included in BHO that spam and generate traffic. Often compromised e-mail accounts will cause high internet usage, because InetKey and email use the same password.
  • Inetkey accounts being used on multiple devices.

If none of these seems to be causing your high Inetkey usage, you can ask Information Technology to investigate your internet usage (or issues). If you have a query send a complaint within 14 days to helpinfo@sun.ac.za. The cost of an enquiry is R200.00 per enquiry. If an error is found, the administrative fee will not be levied.

[Information supplied by David Wiles]

 

Forgot to reactivate?

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

To have access to internet, email and any other network service, you need to reactivate your username annually. If you haven’t reactivated for 2018, your access will have expired on 4 April. What do you do now?

  1. You will not be able to access the network from your devices. In order to reactivate, use a colleague’s PC or laptop.
  2. Browse to the following address: www.sun.ac.za/useradm.
  3. You will see three options:
    Sign on 
    Forgot password
    Reactivate expired username

    Select Reactivate expired username.

4. You will be asked to sign in with your username and ID number or Passport number. See example below.

5. After signing in, you will see a list of options for your username, as well as the appropriate cost points options. 

6. Select the usernames you want to activate and fill in the correct cost point. This is very important. Rather make sure which cost point you should use from your department’s financial officer. If it’s incorrect it will result in a delay of your activation. 

7. Your request for activation will be forwarded to your cost centre manager. 

8. As soon as they approve it, you will have access to the SU network again.

 

 

Reactivate your network access before 1 April

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Network access for staff will expire at the end of March unless you reactivate your username. We suggest that you reactivate yours as soon as possible to ensure continuous access to internet and e-mail. Keep in mind that your line manager still has to approve your request before you are officially registered and able to work on the network. 

You will receive an e-mail from helpinfo@sun.ac.za indicating that your username will expire soon. Three notifications will be sent before the end of March. Alternatively, you can go directly to the reactivation page.

Once logged into the reactivation page, you can select the services you want to activate.  You are encouraged to read the ECP (Electronic Communication Policy) before reactivating.

Choose the services you want to register for and enter the necessary information. Select the appropriate options. Make sure the correct project code, if applicable, and cost centre, are entered. Click Accept and Reactivate. You should receive a notification stating that your request has been submitted, as well as a confirmation e-mail. 

The useradm website will indicate that the application still needs to be approved by the cost centre manager. When the cost centre manager approves the application, access will be extended to the end of March next year.

If you have completed these steps successfully and still receive e-mails from helpinfo@sun.ac.za urging you to reactivate, please contact the IT Service Desk at 021 808 4367 or send an e-mail to help@sun.ac.za. It might be possible that your role as an employee might have expired.

 

OneDrive for Business: Anonymous file sharing

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Information Technology recently assessed our OneDrive for Business platform to ensure that no security risks exist for our users and network. During this assessment we identified a number of users who are currently using the anonymous sharing function (“Anyone with the link can view and edit”) on OneDrive.

With anonymous file sharing there is no control or record of who has access to the shared files. Anybody who has the link can access and/or edit the files. This poses a security risk for the University and our users. For this reason we are compelled to switch off anonymous usage.

From Thursday, 1 February 2018 you will no longer be able to share files anonymously on OneDrive. Sharing will still be possible with internal and external users, but at a higher security level.

Guides on best practices for sharing files on OneDrive is available www.sun.ac.za/itselfhelp under the Office365 section or directly on this page. If you are have any enquiries, please contact the IT Service Desk by emailing help@sun.ac.za or calling our Service Desk at 808 4367.

Remember that movie you downloaded?

Friday, October 27th, 2017

With a fast internet connection and enough internet data, we can watch movies and series online whenever we want.. And it’s great having everything your heart desires at your disposal – whatever you need, just download it. It may not be entirely legal, but really, how will a movie company in Hollywood track you down in the middle of nowhere?! 

Unfortunately, this is the mistake many people make. Until recently television networks and film companies weren’t geared to trace and stop downloading and distribution of illegal movies. It was just too difficult and not cost-effective, however, this is no longer the case.

We’ve already received quite a substantial amount of e-mails from companies such as Warner Bros. and Columbia Pictures indicating that illegal, copyrighted material is being downloaded and seeded (distributed) from IP addresses within the university’s network. 

These e-mails include the specific IP address, the material downloaded and distributed and at which times. When we receive these notifications, we immediately send an e-mail to the owner of the address with a written warning. If they do not comply, these companies will take legal action.

The distribution or seeding of copyrighted material without a licence is both a criminal and civil offence in South Africa, even if distribution takes place from BitTorrent. In South Africa, under the Copyright Law of 1978, you can be sentenced for up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to R10,000 for each item you distribute.

Between 2010 and 2012, 200,000 people have been sued for uploading and downloading copyright material via BitTorrent.

So before you download the latest episode of your favourite series from Pirate Bay or stream movies from an illegal sharing site, consider the consequences. There are many legal options to watch media online, from Netflix  to Showmax, so rather be safe and legal.

MORE INFORMATION:

How does BitTorrent and seeding work?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitTorrent 

http://www.bittorrent.com/help/guides/beginners-guide

 


 

We are writing this letter on behalf of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. (“Rights Holder”) who own certain rights under copyright law in the title White House Down.

You are receiving this notice because your Internet account was identified as having been used recently to copy and/or distribute illegally the copyrighted motion pictures and/or television shows listed at the bottom of this notice. This notice provides you with the information you need in order to take immediate action that can prevent serious legal and other consequences. These actions include:

1. Stop downloading or uploading without authorization any motion pictures or TV shows owned or distributed by Rights Holder; and
2. Permanently delete from your computer(s) all unauthorized copies you may have already made of these movies and TV shows.
If this notice is being received by an Internet Service Provider (ISP), please forward the notice to the individual associated with the activities.
The unauthorized distribution or public performance of copyrighted works constitutes copyright infringement under the Copyright Act, Title 17 U.S Code Section 106(3)-(4). This conduct may also violate the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works and The Universal Copyright Convention, as well as bilateral treaties with other countries that allow for protection of Rights Holder copyrighted works even beyond U.S borders.
Below is the detail for your reference:
– ————- Infringement Details ———————————-
Title: White House Down
Timestamp: 2013-09-19T23:18:28Z
IP Address: 146.232.***.**
Port: *****
Type: BitTorrent
Torrent Hash: *************************************


 [SOURCE: http://mybroadband.co.za]

 

 

 

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