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How to Read Filipiniana Ebooks on your Smartphone

Back in 2017 the Filipiniana Books Section did an exhibit at the Main Library lobby, where they featured the thirty (30) Filipiniana titles acquired from EBSCO. These are ebooks which are available to download for free. 😉 Read this guide to find out how.

You can access the Filipiniana ebooks by visiting the following link within Diliman campus and connecting to the DilNet. If you are outside Diliman campus, you can login to the Remote Access website with your UP Mail account and look for the ‘EBSCO eBook Collection’ link to download ebooks remotely.

URL – EBSCO Filipiniana Ebooks 📖

For PC users these ebooks load within the Web browser. You can read the text, print pages, and find particular words. You can bookmark the link for later reading, and there are options to download it in PDF and EPUB formats. For mobile users it is a little more complicated, so here is a short guide on how to read Filipiniana ebooks on your smartphone.

  1. Download the Bluefire Reader app on the Apple App Store, or the Aldiko Book Reader app on Google Play.
  2. To authorize the app for reading ebooks, an Adobe ID is required. You can register for an Adobe ID via this link.
    • In Aldiko, you can authorize the app by going to About > DRM Accounts > Add DRM Account > enter your Adobe ID credentials.
  3. Navigate to the above URL for EBSCO Filipiniana Ebooks and select a book you would like to read.
  4. Register for a My EBSCOHost account.
  5. Log in to your My EBSCOHost account, then download the book for offline reading. Open the .acsm file using the Bluefire Reader or Aldiko Book Reader app, then wait a moment for the ebook to download.
  6. And you’re done! If everything went okay the ebook will be on your smartphone for 7 days, afterwards you may check it out again for further reading.

Some pictures to illustrate the process:

Above: Filipiniana ebooks gallery. Below: English translation of Noli Me Tangere
If you are downloading from your smartphone, you can switch to the Mobile site (link at bottom of EBSCO webpage) which looks like this for a simpler interface
Depending on the ebook, you can download it on PDF or EPUB formats. We recommend the EPUB format so you can change the fonts later
Viewing the ebook within the Bluefire Reader app

If you have any questions on accessing and opening Filipiniana ebooks, feel free to send a message to our Ask A Librarian virtual reference desk by clicking the Messenger button on the right.

(Updated March 2021, this guide is reposted with minor edits from the original note on UPD Library Facebook page.)

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Cybersecurity Awareness in Libraries

Proclamation No. 2054 series of 2010 declares the September of every year as ‘Cybersecurity Awareness Month‘. We know it is October now which means this event has totally escaped our notice, and for this we blame the time-bending perception from the world’s longest COVID lockdown.

In any case it is better to be late to write about cybersecurity than to never bring it up. Especially now that many of us are working from home and do not have the usual IT support from our offices. You have to take care of your own IT security needs.

So, here is a crash course on cybersecurity awareness! 😎 I will try to write this post as something that is useful for professional librarians here in UP, as well as the various support staff working in archives, libraries and museums. Our patrons may find it worth reading too once they are allowed again to visit the library in person and use the IT facilities.

The Basics of Cybersecurity Awareness

The classic model of information security usually falls upon these three factors, which are collectively known as the CIA Triad:

  • Confidentiality
  • Integrity
  • Availability

Confidentiality refers to how we should keep the data trusted to us from being accessed by unauthorized parties. This could be accomplished by using UP Mail and Dilnet accounts and their associated services (Google Apps for Edu, MS Office 365) instead of your private Gmail or Yahoo! mail.

Integrity refers to measures taken to make sure the data in our safekeeping is protected from alteration. Remember how the UP DPO is pushing for digital signatures? That is one way to ensure that memorandums you receive from the admin are not tampered with in transit.

Availability is making sure the data is actually accessible to authorized users when it is needed. Now that we are moving more of our office operations to cloud-based apps (ex. Canva instead of MS Publisher), this is something as basic as having the stable and reliable Internet connection to access the cloud, and the servers offering 99.9% uptime or better.

Minimum Viable Teaching for Cybersecurity

The above CIA Triad is something that is applied more on the whole IT system. Now as for the individual end user, here are some quick steps you can take to secure your cyber-belongings.

Turn on encryption – This means that the contents of your PC or phone cannot be accessed without being unlocked by your password. iPhones and most new Androids already apply encryption at boot. For Windows it requires a Pro license to enable encryption at the OS level, but you can still keep sensitive files and folder encrypted by installing 7-Zip and creating a password-protected archive.

Pick a long password – The longer the password, the less likely someone would be able to guess it and take over your accounts. Which brings us to…

Don’t reuse your passwords! – Every now and then the online services themselves get hacked, and when this data breach happens the hackers post the passwords on the Internet. You can check on this website if your password has been leaked. By not reusing your password on other sites or mobile apps, you are safe even when data breaches happen.

Turn on two-factor authentication – UP System IT did the right thing when they enabled 2-factor for UP Mail accounts. But did you know that you can do the same for your private email and social media accounts such as Facebook? This helps in making sure the bad guys cannot control your account even if they do find out the password, since they also need the security code sent to you.

Avoid clicking on strange links or email attachments – This one is harder to put into practice since we ourselves send out memos as a link to a Google drive file. And you might notice half of the paragraphs in this post has a link in it. So how do you find out which links are trustworthy? Let’s just start with the basic:

  1. If it ended up in your Spam folder, do not open the link.
  2. If you do not know who sent you the link, do not open the link.
  3. Even if you do know them, but you do not expect them to send links to you, you should confirm first via personal message.

There may be some exceptions to this like phone line or water utility bills.

Use an end-to-end encrypted messenger app like Signal or WhatsApp – There was some outcry on social media last month on certain provisions of the Dilnet Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), especially with regards to privacy.

The good folks at Dilnet busy maintaining our IT facilities as we experience a spike of demand for bandwidth due to remote learning.

If that is your concern too, then you can have a virtually private conversation within Dilnet or anywhere else on the Internet if you use a messaging app with end-to-end encryption, so that only the sender and the receiver can see the messages. Besides the above-mentioned apps, you can also do this in the Facebook Messenger app via secret conversations.

If you are interested in any of the above, you can more in this article from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

References

Images

Dixon, Denelle. (2016, October 6). Promoting cybersecurity awareness [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2016/10/06/promoting-cybersecurity-awareness/. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Diliman Network Helpdesk – University of the Philippines Diliman. Retrieved from https://dilnet.upd.edu.ph/

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