Category Archives: Network

Why would someone hack my old PC?

There is potentially a lot of useful / sellable info on that old PC that you haven’t used in a while.

What your old hacked PC can be used for by the “bad guys”

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There’s a lot of bad actors online, but there are indeed things you can do to be safer. Watch the tech site for more articles, coming soon.

iCloud – how to setup your account

The MUST list:

  • you MUST use your MDS email address
  • you MUST use your Moodle password [or if your moodle password is missing a number, add 1871 to the end of it. Ask Mr. Rule is you don’t know the significance of that date.]

The WHY list:

  • because it will allow restoring your data if your iPad has to be wiped [MUCH faster and easier than the alternative]
  • because you can use Find My iPad when [not “if”] you misplace your iPad [saving many headaches]

The HOW List:

On your iPad:

  • Settings –> iCloud
  • Create an account
  • Type in your birthday
  • Use an existing email [NOT an iCloud email]
  • Set the email address and password – remember, MDS email address, moodle password
  • Answer the security questions.
  • DO NOT setup a rescue email.
  • Open your email – look for an email from Apple, It will ask you to click on a link, Do so to complete the process.
  • Back in the Settings app –> iCloud, it should say your name and your MDS email address at the top.
  • Confirm the Find My iPad is turned ON.
  • Confirm Backup is Turned ON.
  • Start a Backup. Seriously. Right now.


These instructions were from memory, and so might be a tad off. Use your common sense if/when reality diverges from this list.

When you have a guest on campus and they need wireless access

The details will vary depending on what device you use, but here is the overview:

  1. Set your device to join the network MDS-public
  2. In the Login screen that appears, click “Create Account
  3. Fill in the information, and then you’ll be allowed on the network. It’s a temporary account that will expire after some time.

If you don’t see the login screen after connecting:

  1. Try to get on the web. Your browser should automatically go to the account screen.
  2. Windows 7 [and maybe others] has a little dialog box that pops up after you try to connect, down on the bottom right, that says something like “more info may be needed – click here“. So click there, your default web browser will pop up, and you’ll be taken to the login screen.