Spoofing

/spo͞ofing/

Spoofing is a fraudulent or malicious practice in which communication is sent from an unknown source disguised as a source known to the receiver.What is Email Spoofing?

Email spoofing, also known as “spear phishing”, is one of the best known spoofs. Spoofed emails may request personal account information and appear to be from a known sender. Additionally, the spoofed email may request the recipient to purchase a gift card that the known sender will “surely REIMBURSE you for,” then have the recipient email the gift card information to the attacker (spoofer/spear phisher).What should you do?

Similar to a Phishing attack, when you receive a spoofed email, contact the sender via phone or face-to-face and check that the email is legitimate. Do NOT reply to the spoofed email.Report spoofing/spear phishing to Google

If you receive a spoofed email, follow these steps:

  1. Open the email, but do NOT click on any of the links
  2. Click the three vertical dots next to the Reply arrow in the top-right corner of the message pane
  3. Select Report phishing

Suspicious Login Activity Detected from Your Account

Why did I get an email stating that “Google has detected suspicious login activity” in my account?

Each day we see dozens of district logins for students and staff from outside the United States. When our security monitor detects a login from outside the country, an automated warning email is sent to the student or staff member.

I’m still here, so how could my login have originated from another country?

Two possibilities:

  1. Your credentials have been compromised and someone is using your username and password (the most likely scenario);
  2. You’re using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) when accessing a district account on either a personal or school-issued device. (Note: While you may chose to use a VPN on a personal device on a public network, SVVSD resources should not be accessed using 3rd party VPN tools. VPNs are not allowed on the district network or on student devices.)

What should I do?

If you’re not using a VPN, change your password immediately.

Students, change your password with the Password Manager. Make sure you choose a new password that you have not used in the past.

Staff, please follow these directions.

Note: If suspicious login activity is noted on a district account, the account may be suspended by Google or by SVVSD. Suspicious login activity may include multiple logins from several countries within a short time frame or spam emails generated from a district account.

For additional information regarding login activity on your Google account, click on the Details link in the bottom right corner of the Google Mail page while logged into a web browser.

New Schedule Look for Schedule in IC.

With the update to IC Version 1933.8 this weekend, there will be a new look and functionality for the Schedule Tab in IC. There are three locations for the Schedule Tab in IC.

Student Information > General > Schedule

Student Information > Health General > Student Schedule

Student Information > Counseling > General > […]

Campus Instruction’s New Look

Campus Instruction has a new look teachers can preview. Please check it out after we take the new version the weekend of September 7th.

After turning it on, go to the Index. The Index has been condensed in to Modules.Please click on each option and explore. 

When/if turning it off, teachers can provide feedback […]

G Suite Brand Account is Suspended messages

Brand Accounts allow users to use certain Google services with a separate identity (e.g., a brand identity) that is not publicly linked to their regular Google Account identity. The most common example of this is a custom YouTube Channel.

Brand Accounts are no longer available for G Suite for Education customers such as svvsd.org. […]

Meet Christine Pisano

Tech Support AnalystYears with St. Vrain: 2

What does your average day look like?My typical day starts out with checking tickets to be done for the day.  Checking and answering email.  I try to get to my schools before they start, so I can fix anything before the students arrive.

What are your favorite […]

SPEAR Upgraded

This summer we upgraded the software for SPEAR, the software used for printing to a copier, and you will notice a few changes. The first thing you may notice is the login screen looks different, but this is only a cosmetic change and does not affect how you log in.

Login screen for SPEAR […]

New Technology Menu on School Websites

image of shoes and iPad

DTS has been working with the Office of Communications to standardize the information available to families on school websites. Check out the new Technology menu on your school’s home page, which includes links to iPad information, tips for healthy digital habits, the Family Connections newsletter, and more:

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Did you know…

While school is out, DTS likes to keep busy over the summer.  With the help of our temporary summer crew we are currently working on many projects across the district.

Here are just a few examples of what DTS is doing this summer: 

Replacing 300 lab computers with new units.Replacing all of the mounted […]

New Login Page

Time Frame: Sunday, June 16, 8:00 pmDescription: The login page used to access email and other applications will be updated. This update will include a change in appearance.. 

Affected Systems – The change will begin on Sunday. Only Google Apps and Mail will be affected at this time. Other systems will be migrated to the new page […]