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TARA, the Smith Technology And Resource Adviser, is a collection of technology information and instructions created by the ITS staff for the Smith community. Click on any category to learn more about Smith's technology resources.

Recommended browsers for Smith web applications

Getting a new Smith computer or upgrading to Windows 7?  Steps you need to take

Google Calendar users: To add the Smith academic calendar to your own Google calendar, just open Google Calendar, locate the Add a coworker's calendar field under Other Calendars, and enter: academiccalendar
Windows users: Due to significant security risks, any computer running Windows XP is now being blocked from the Smith network. more

Mac OS X and iOS users: Apple has released security updates for iOS (7.0.6) and OS X (10.9.2) that should be installed as soon as possible.
Password changes: Your current network password will continue to work indefinitely, but if you reset it, your new password must be at least 14 characters long. more
Recommended browsers for Smith web applications: All applications in the first two rows below can be accessed via the Smith Portal.

Application Recommended Browsers
Smith Mail
Banner INB**
Google Chrome 28
Mozilla Firefox 23
Apple Safari 6
Internet Explorer 10


Google Chrome 28
Mozilla Firefox 23
Smith Data Warehouse
Nolij Web
Author/Administrator Internet Explorer 9
Consumer/User Google Chrome 28
Mozilla Firefox 23
Apple Safari 6
Internet Explorer 10
Smith Mobile Apps iOS latest version
Apple Safari
Android browser
Playbook browser
Screen Readers JAWS 12

*Use Mozilla Firefox to print Moodle e-reserves & ebrary book chapters.
**See the Administrative Technology Banner page for additional requirements.

Important: If you are using a recommended browser and still can't access an application, first clear your browser cache. If that doesn't help, contact the USC.

To download specific browser versions, see the Smith software page.

Mac users: Apple is offering an optional free upgrade to OS X 10.9, also known as Mavericks. If your college-owned Mac is currently running any operating system below OS X 10.8.5, please do not install Mavericks at this time. If you decide to upgrade your personal Mac, be sure to back up your system before proceeding.

Wireless network options: Note that you can set any Smith wireless network as your default on campus. instructions

  • SmithSecure provides a secure encrypted connection and is the recommended choice for all Smith students, faculty, and staff. Enter the shared password sophiasmith to log in. more

  • SmithGuest offers temporary Internet access to campus guests, who must enter their email address. more

  • Eduroam is a secure wireless network that allows registered users to connect to the Internet wirelessly at participating institutions worldwide. more
Microsoft Security Essentials is now Smith's recommended tool for protection against viruses and malware. more

Always use the Smith Portal to access BannerWeb. Log in to with your network username and password, then:

  1. Students: Click on the My Student Info tab.
    Staff: Click on the My Info tab.
    Faculty: Click on the My Info or Teaching & Advising tab.

  2. Click on any task of interest (Registration, Class Lists, Timesheet Entry, Leave Report Entry, etc.) to go directly to that task in BannerWeb.
FREE online courses are now available to the entire Smith community. To explore your options, log on to the Smith Portal and click the link on the General Info tab, or try the new app for Apple mobile devices.
Graduated students: Click here for information about what happens to all your Smith accounts after you graduate.
Cloud storage makes it easy to save, access, and share all your files on the web. Of the numerous cloud-storage services available, Smith is supporting Google Drive and Box. To learn more about your cloud-storage options, click here. To learn how to use your free Smith 25G Box account, click here.

Faculty:  Did you know you can use Google Calendar Appointment Slots to manage appointments with students? Click here to learn more. In other news, if you'd like to show multiple Google calendars in the Calendar app on your iPad, follow the instructions under If you use Google Apps on this page.

The RIAA and Copyright Infringement. For information about the legal strategies used by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to pursue copyright infringers, click here. For information about settling lawsuits, click here. To disable illegal peer-to-peer file-sharing software on your computer, click here.

If you have any questions or comments about this web site, please send email to or call the User Support Center at ext. 4487.

(Wondering why we chose the name "Tara" for our site? Click here.)




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 |  Last updated April 7, 2014

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