In order to be prepared for a change in how we work, this emergency "toolkit" should be considered and put in place ahead of an actual need. This is a list of suggested items to consider when building your toolkit:
- A computer with internet access that can be used off-campus. In the event of a situation, you'll need a computer that you can use from home or other location.
- Make sure that you know your CSUN User ID and password so that you can access the myNorthridge portal, SOLAR, and other campus resources from home.
- Make sure you are enrolled in Duo Multi-Factor Authentication. Many CSUN services require it.
- A microphone and/or webcam. Most current laptop computers come equipped with webcams and microphones, but be sure to check your system configuration if you're using a desktop computer. Microphones and webcams are available to purchase at online or retail stores.
- Make sure your computer is up-to-date with the most current operating system (Mac OS, Windows, etc.), as well as any software needed for work. For more information on updating Mac OS visit How to upgrade the software on your Mac or for updating Windows, visit the Windows Update: FAQ.
- Install Zoom on your computer or mobile device and start a meeting to make sure you're able to connect.
- Install a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to access CSUN resources, such as department file shares, from home or other non-campus location. CSUN provides VPN software on the CSUN IT Software Downloads page. The VPN software is available for no additional cost and downloading only takes a few minutes.
- Make sure you have a contact list for faculty, staff and administration.