What is the best way to access my AU faculty and staff e-mail account?
We recommend that faculty and staff using Mac computers access their AU e-mail through either the Lotus Notes client, or configure an IMAP client, such as Apple Mail or Mozilla Thunderbird. Instructions are available here for configuring the software for your account.
What is the best way to access my AU-sponsored student Gmail account?
We recommend that students using Mac computers access their AU-sponsored Gmail account through either the Web interface at mail.student.american.edu or by configuring an IMAP client, such as Apple Mail or Mozilla Thunderbird. Instructions are available here for configuring the software for your account.
Do I need to install SafeConnect on my Mac computer?
The first time you connect to the AU wired network you will be prompted to install the SafeConnect software agent. Once SafeConnect is installed, you will be required to login to the SafeConnect system through a Web interface every so often when you connect to the wired network. . Back to List
My e-mail application and widgets do not work, when I start my computer. What's happening?
If you are on the wired network, you may need to open a Web browser and log into the SafeConnect page before any other Internet applications will work. Back to List
Do I need to install antivirus software on my Mac?
Yes. Virus infections on Mac computers are less prevalent, but you do not want it to happen to you. Protect your computer by installing AU's recommended Mac antivirus software, Avira Free Antivirus for Mac. It is available for use by all students, faculty, and staff.
Does AU recommend a solution for encrypting files or folders on a Mac?
AU recommends FileVault, the data encryption tool built in to OS X. It allows you to encrypt your home directory (Documents, Pictures, Desktop, etc.) and then seamlessly access it at login. The result is you are able to work with them as normal when you are logged in. But, no one else can read your files, unless they login as you. This is important because if your computer were to be lost or stolen, any confidential data on the hard drive would not be accessible by anyone without your userid and password.