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2012 October

October 30, 2012

Windows 8

Windows 8 screenshotReview of Windows 8 is here.

CASIT recommends that you wait a while before upgrading your computer so serious bugs with Windows 8 and other software can be ironed out. CASIT is currently working on testing Windows 8 as well as other software that is used at the University.

October 24, 2012

The Lewis Integrative Science Building: A High-Performance Hub For the Sciences

Lewis Integrative Science Building

Building on a proud tradition of interdisciplinary research at the University of Oregon, the Robert and Beverly Lewis Integrative Science Building (LISB) will bring world-class researchers together under one roof from a range of different disciplines. UO biologists, chemists, psychologists, computer scientists and other researchers will be working alongside one another to tackle society’s grand challenges — from cellular processes to improving communities.

When the $65 million facility opens on Oct. 26, 2012, the Lewis Building will be home to strategic research clusters centered around interdisciplinary and integrative research missions that are not defined by departmental boundaries. Part of the UO’s Lorry I. Lokey Science Complex, the 103,000-square-foot facility literally unites the sciences by connecting the adjacent Lokey Laboratories, Huestis Hall, Streisinger Hall and Klamath Hall science buildings.

Read more at Oregon Research.

October 15, 2012

UO: Managing iOS 6

A seminar by Apple
Who Should Come: This event is only open to the UO Community
Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 – 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Looking at or already deploying iPads, iPods, or iPhones in your school or college? In this free technical seminar you will learn about best practices for deploying, syncing of content, and purchasing of iOS apps.
Register here

Topics we will cover:

  • Education/Enterprise features in iOS 6
  • iCloud in Education
  • Apple Configurator Usage Strategies
  • Mobile Device Management (MDM) for iOS and Mac
  • Mobile Sync Strategies with iTunes
  • Understanding Volume Purchase Program
  • Overview of iOS deployments in education across the country
  • Mobile Device Management Providers
  • Who Should Attend?
  • IT Directors, Coordinators, and other IT-related staff.

Read more on the UO IT website.

October 11, 2012

CASIT superheroes in Google Street View

October 9, 2012

New sites by CASIT web services

New sites launched by CASIT web services this past summer.

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October 8, 2012

Phishing

Phishing is a form of identity theft which uses e-mail, instant message and/or malicious web sites in order to obtain sensitive personal information about a victim. Frequently, these e-mails may appear to be from a business, financial institution or a University, they often request the victim to verify, or update their account information. University of Oregon e-mail addresses have been the target of many Phishing scams, if you receive an e-mail that you believe may be a Phishing scam, please disregard the email.

Recommended Precautions:

  • Never respond to e-mail that asks for personal or financial information.

    Information Services will never send out e-mail asking for account usernames, passwords, or PAC numbers. Ever. This type of information should never be sent to anyone over e-mail.

  • Do not trust ‘urgent’ e-mail demands for action.

    It is a common phishing technique to foster a false sense of urgency in order to provoke a response. Do not be afraid to ask your local technical support staff if an e-mail is phishing before using information contained in the e-mail or replying to the e-mail. As they may be better able to look for the common indicators of a phishing e-mail.

  • Do not trust company phone numbers in e-mailIf you believe the e-mail that you have received to be a phishing attempt but are concerned that it may actually be real and not fraudulent, please directly contact the sending institution. Be sure to use phone number or e-mail information published on their official website or other established resource. Do not use the information from the suspect e-mail. Information Services has seen phishing e-mails that utilize VOIP phone numbers with 503 and 541 area codes to encourage recipients to provide confidential information over the phone to phishers.
  • Do not trust unexpected e-mails that contain attachments or website
    links.

    Be careful with attachments and linked websites or downloads that you receive via e-mail. Last month a larger than usual number of individuals successfully infected their computers with a virus that intercepted keystrokes and uploaded the data to remote servers. Anti-virus programs should be part of a layered approach to desktop security as new viruses are constantly being developed and may not be detected the first time around.

  • Use a web browser that has anti-phishing capabilityFrom recent experience with the last major phishing attempt that occurred during spring break, Firefox had a faster turn around time in labeling the phishing website as fraudulent. You may wish to use Firefox over other browsers for this and other reasons. If you prefer not to use Firefox there may be anti-phishing plugins or similar functionality that you can enable for your preferred browser.

If you believe you have been involved in a Phishing scam

If the scam involves UO credentials such as the ‘DuckID’, please e-mail phishing@uoregon.edu. Be sure to include the full headers of the e-mail when reporting the incident. If you are not familiar with how to view the full headers of an e-mail, please consult the following site:

http://it.uoregon.edu/full-email-headers

If the scam involves a non-university affiliated credential, please contact the targeted institution and report the attempt at:

http://www.phishtank.com/

Original: UO Information Security. Check out more security articles at security.uoregon.edu.

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Announcing eduroam: WiFi for travelers and guests

Eduroam flags

Information Services is excited to announce that eduroam is now available at the University of Oregon.

eduroam is a secure, worldwide WiFi roaming service that gives students, faculty, and staff WiFi access when visiting participating institutions. You and your customers can log in to the eduroam WiFi network with your Duck ID at more than 6,200 institutions worldwide, and people visiting UO can log in to eduroam WiFi here with their own credentials. No guest accounts are necessary!*

For more about eduroam at UO, see About the eduroam Wireless Network.

Using eduroam will require that you set up your phone, tablet, or laptop; the process is similar to setting up UO Secure. For step-by-step directions, see Connecting to the eduroam Network.

Read more at it.uoregon.edu.