S1E10, Quick Tips: MavLABS and Zoom Security

(Quick Tips: MavLABS and Zoom Security, click above to listen)


In this short Quick Tips episode, Sherwin and Raj give an overview of the University’s MavLABS service as well as how to stay secure on Zoom. MavLABS is a service available to students and faculty that allows remote access to specialized lab computers that offer software like ArcGIS, CAD programs, programming editors, database servers, Microsoft Access, geography labs, and more. Sherwin explains how MavLABS works using remote access technology and how you can securely access this service from your personal device.

One important piece of advice that you should follow when using MavLABS is to avoid shutting down the lab computer that you are remotely accessing, as that will require an employee to manually turn the computer back on in the lab on campus. Instead of shutting down, simply just log out of the accessed system after use. Lastly, take note that MavLABS is offline nightly from 12 am to 5 am for maintenance. If you experience issues with MavLABS or have questions, submit a ticket to IT Solutions.

In the second half of the podcast, Raj and Sherwin provide insight on the security features of Zoom, one of the most important of which is the ability to password-protect your meetings. They also cover the recent overhaul of documentation and policies that Zoom underwent to mitigate “Zoom-bombing” issues. Raj explains his preference for Zoom over other video calling platforms, stating that he enjoys Zoom’s functionality and simplicity.

All faculty, staff, and students have access to a premium Zoom account, which offers more features than the free version and is more secure – so be sure to always log in with your StarID using our secure MinnState portal at minnstate.zoom.us.