Information Technology

Spider 3.0 How-To

Spider 3.0 is a tool that runs locally on your computer to scan for certain types of restricted data. By default, Spider looks for Social Security and Credit Card numbers. Spider scans the contents of all of the files on your computer to see if there are any numbers which might resemble restricted data. It then creates a log (list) of those files to be manually checked by the user. One of the challenges of using a program such as Spider is that it uses “pattern matching” and typically finds patterns in some files that are not actually restricted data. So you’ll need to carefully go through the list of files that Spider returns to see if actual restricted data exists in them.  Below are instructions for running Spider 3.0 once it is installed on your computer.

Please click below for the reference document (PDF):

⇒ Beware of email scams!!!

Dear College of Eduaction,

Email scammers are targeting Purdue again at the beginning of the semester!  If you receive an email message such as the one below asking you to provide account information or log into questionable web sites, please DO NOT click links or respond.  Simply delete the email.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Education IT team.  Thank you and happy computing!!!  🙂

–Education IT,

—–Original Message—–
From: aaaa @
Sent: 8/15/11 4:25 AM
Subject: Virus Detected

Virus Detected

A virus has been detected in your mail account and in other for
you not to loose your account, you are to click on the link below.
Failure to do this will loose his/her mail account.

http ://


— or —

—–Original Message—–
From: Dinh Sy Hien [mailto:a @ b . c]
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 5:45 AM



http : //


— or —

—–Original Message—–
From: Microsoft Exchange []
Sent: Monday, August 22, 2011 4:53 PM
To: ———-
Subject: OWA: Your [] is on Restriction.

Purdue University
We detected irregular action on your e-mail system on August 22, 2011.

As the Primary owner, you must verify your account activity before you
can continue using your account, and upon verification, we will remove any
restrictions placed on your account.

click on the link below:

You can also forward your mail from any other e-mail accounts such as
Yahoo, Hotmail, etc. to your Webmail account so that your contacts won’t
have to memorize a new e-mail address and you can access all of your mail
in one place.  You can find forwarding instructions for your other e-mail
accounts in their online documentation.

Webmail service has reserved a system maintenance window of Saturdays from 4:00 a.m.
to 8:00 a.m. that will be used only if Webmail service needs to perform any work that
will take the system off-line. Otherwise, the e-mail system will
be available around the clock.
Thank You,
Microsoft Exchange

How To Use The LCD Projectors In BRNG Conference Rooms

Dear College of Education,

Ceiling mounted projectors have been installed in BRNG 4180, BRNG 5180 and BRNG 6115.  The three projectors are now fully operational.  We have placed a laminated instruction sheet in each room to assist those who need help getting started with the projectors.  Here is a link to the PDF version of the instruction sheet:

Also, the “snake” that contains all the wiring includes the following connectors:   

  • 15-pin VGA video connector
  • Ethernet network
  • Grounded power
  • 1/8” audio plug (plays through the projector)

If anyone has questions about or problems with the projectors, please have them contact the Education IT team. 

Onward and upward!

–Education IT (

EndNote Web – Cite While You Write

The Purdue Libraries has a license for “EndNote Web – Cite While You Write” which is an online bibliographic database that interfaces with Microsoft Word via a downloadable plug-in. 

For more information see:

Video overview:

Libraries web site:

–Education IT

How To Block Spam Within Outlook

If you receive a large amount of spam email  from a specific sender, you can block that sender within Outlook.  Blocking a sender causes all email from that sender to automatically move into the Junk Mail folder.  To block a sender, simply follow these steps:

  1. Right click on the spam message in your list emails.
  2. Near the bottom of the pop-up menu, you should see Junk.
  3. Hovering over that with your mouse brings up multiple options.
  4. Click on Block Sender.

If a message is sent to your Junk E-Mail folder by mistake, you can follow the same steps and choose to never block the sender.

The bottom option on the pop-up list is for advanced options.  From there you can change options about links, suspicious domain names, and permanently deleting junk mail (not recommended), as well as deciding how strict filtering should be.  The other tabs at the top allow you to edit your safe and blocked senders lists.  You can add individual email addresses ( or domain names (  Adding domain names will allow/block all email addresses from that domain, no matter who sent it.

For more information please visit:

–Education IT

How To Block Spam With PureMessage

Occasionally spam email messages will slip through the Purdue PureMessage spam filter.  If there is a specific spam sender that you need to block, you can follow these steps to block the sender:

  1. Go to the PureMessage portal:
  2. Log in with your Purdue career account
  3. Click on the option labeled “Blocked Senders” (on the left)
  4. Add an email address to block (or you can block the entire domain using “”)

As long as the sender’s email address and/or domain does not vary (a technique spammers use), they should be blocked in the future.

–Education IT

Graduate Activity Reporting Tool

Dear Graduate Students,

The College of Education Graduate Studies Office is currently collecting research information from graduate students via the Graduate Activity Reporting Tool:

Graduate Activity Reporting Tool  

You’ll need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser to use the system.  

When you save an item in GART you should be able to see the item right away in a list just below the form to add the item.  If you scroll down, you should see the list of all the items you have saved.  If your item does not seem to be saving correctly, there could be a couple of things happening:

1. The system may not allow an item to be saved if some fields are not completed, or if some fields have an invalid value.  For example, if text is entered where a dollar amount is expected; or if a date field has the default “MM/DD/YYYY” text in it.  If this is the case, red text should appear next to the field indicating invalid field data when the “Save Record” button is clicked.

2. If the vertical resolution of your browser or computer/laptop is small you may not see the list of items at the bottom.  If you scroll down, they should be there.  The items in the list are sorted by date. 

If you have any problems with the system, please contact us at

Thank you!

–Education IT

Secure Destruction of Electronic Media

Did you know that Electronic media with University data on it must be physically destroyed? This means that not only must the data be destroyed beyond any ability to recover that data, but the physical media device (such as a jump drive, CD or DVD, or tape, etc.) must also be destroyed. Electronic media that has had University data on it may not be sold or given to anyone outside of the University.  For more info see: