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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.

What to do if you responded to a phishing scam

Recommended browsers for Smith web applications

Getting a new Smith computer?  Steps you need to take

How to connect to the Eduroam wireless network

All Smith Box accounts expiring May 31st; time to switch to Google Drive. Smith's subscription to the Box file-storage service will expire on May 31, 2015, at which time Box will delete all Smith Box accounts and any files they contain. If you have not yet copied all your Box files to Google Drive, click here for instructions.
Is your computer ready for migration to Active Directory? Click here for important steps you need to take in advance.
Upcoming changes to the Smith network. Click here for information about the Novell-to-Active Directory migration project, Google Drive, and more.
Office 2013 is now the campus standard for all Smith-owned Windows computers. If you are using an older version of Office and get an alert that your license is about to expire or you would simply like to upgrade to Office 2013, click here.
Google Drive cloud-based file storage makes it easy to save, access, and share all your files on the web. more
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
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.

Microsoft Security Essentials is Smith's recommended tool for protection against viruses and malware. more

To access BannerWeb, log in to the Smith Portal with your network username and password, then click the appropriate tab:

  • Students: My Student Info
  • Staff: My Info
  • Faculty: My Info or Teaching & Advising

When the tab opens, click any task of interest (Registration, Class Lists, Timesheet Entry, Leave Report Entry, etc.) to go directly to that task in BannerWeb.

Over 3000 free online courses are available to all Smith students, faculty, and staff. To browse the available courses, log on to the Smith Portal and click the link on the Portal home page. If you have an Apple mobile device, try out the new app.
Graduated students: Click here for information about what happens to all your Smith accounts after you graduate.

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 March 9, 2015

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