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February 25, 2014

Add X-UA-Compatible header in WordPress for Edublogs

On the University of Oregon instance of Edublogs we ran into a problem with the X-UA-Compatible meta tag. The standard practice of putting in the <head> did not work. A better solution was found using PHP:

if (isset($_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT']) &&
    (strpos($_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'], 'MSIE') !== false))
        header('X-UA-Compatible: IE=edge,chrome=1’);

For WordPress you can do the above using add_filter:

function example_add_headers($headers) {
        if (isset($_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT']) &&
                (strpos($_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'], 'MSIE') !== false)) {
                $headers['X-UA-Compatible'] = 'IE=edge,chrome=1';
        }
        return $headers;
}

add_filter('wp_headers', 'example_add_headers');

Solutions taken from:

* http://www.validatethis.co.uk/news/fix-bad-value-x-ua-compatible-once-and-for-all/
* https://gist.github.com/chrisguitarguy/2712643

August 8, 2013

UO Blogs service a popular tool

Any faculty, staff or student on the UO campus has the ability to create a website, thanks to the relatively new UO Blogs service.

UO Blogs is a  centrally managed, WordPress-based content management system. It can be used by anyone with an active DuckID to create any kind of website or blog, from one used by a campus department to one used for projects or events.

The site takes users through the simple steps to create a website. Because WordPress is designed for low-tech users, the process isn’t complicated.

UO Blogs also allows for guest accounts for those who are not affiliated with the UO, making it “a great place to collaborate with colleagues off campus,” says Information Services Technology Service Desk Coordinator Kelsey Davis.

Launched in June 2012, the service has “really taken off,” Davis says.

The site has had more than 500,000 visitors since its inception. Currently, there are 3,522 sites and 3,763 users.

“We have sites ranging from student personal sites, to sites used by faculty for classes, to departmental/ administrative sites, to project sites and more,” Davis says.

She encourages faculty, staff and students to familiarize themselves with the service by checking out some of the examples of ways it can be used. Some links include http://alerts.uoregon.edu/, and http://blogs.uoregon.edu/artandhumanvalues/.

Visit the UO Blogs website for more information or to get started.

– from the UO Office of Strategic Communications

Source: Around the O.

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April 3, 2013

Oregon Security Day

Oregon Security Day
Friday April 5, 2013

The third annual Oregon Security Day will be held at the Jaqua Auditorium on Friday April 5, 2013. This one-day event features distinguished speakers from academia, industry, and government, discussing current challenges and future opportunities in cybersecurity. Topics range from future trends in computer security to governmental cybersecurity, to cutting edge research in authentication and methods of securing systems and data.

This year’s slate of distinguished guests includes Dr. Stephen L. Squires, former vice president and chief science officer for Hewlett-Packard; Professor David Evans, University of Virginia; Professor Somesh Jha, University of Wisconsin; Sanjay Sawhney, Symantec Research Labs; and Dr. John Launchbury, Galois, Inc. This year’s program will also include CIS faculty research presentations and a student poster session.

http://securityday.cs.uoregon.edu/

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November 1, 2012

Introducing the UO Cosmic Theme

What is Cosmic?

Cosmic is a website theme for the Drupal content management system.

Cosmic is developed by Digital and Social Media Communications (formerly web communications) to aid departments on campus in creating quality websites. Cosmic allows departments with limited designer access or simpler needs to produce visually appealing web content.

Read more at Digital and Social Media Communications.

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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.

September 25, 2012

Social Sciences Instructional Lab new site

Social Sciences Instruction Lab launched their new site on UO Blogs.

If you are interested in creating your own site please check out UO Blogs.

SSIL site screenshot

September 24, 2012

Blogs and websites for faculty and GTFs

UO Blogs faculty card

UO Blogs is an easy-to-use academic blogging and web publishing service. Blogs is powered by WordPress, so you can develop course sites without having to know how to code! Use blogs to create dynamic learning experiences by using more multimedia, encourage continued discussion outside the classroom, and foster a learning community by building a collaborative knowledge base over time.

To learn more about UO Blogs, see https://it.uoregon.edu/blogs/getstarted.

Source: https://it.uoregon.edu/node/3403

September 17, 2012

IT Software Center

IT Software center UO IT offers a range of software for Faculty, Staff and Students to download. Please visit the IT software center. You must have a valid Duck ID to download the files.

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August 10, 2012

Deploying OS X Mountain Lion for Fall 2012

Mountain Lion image

Who Should Come:
This event is open to the public.
Date:
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 – 9:00am – 11:00am
Address:
Knight Law School Building, Room 184

OS X Mountain Lion: The world’s most advanced desktop operating system gets even better. And makes the Mac, iPad, and iPhone work even better together. Come learn about OS X Mountain Lion and how to deploy it for for Fall 2012. See how OS X Mountain Lion integrates with iOS, and how you can manage both OS X and iOS devices.

Agenda:

  • OS X Mountain Lion Overview
  • Installing OSX Mountain Lion
    • Network-based Imaging & Deployment
    • Thunderbolt-based Imaging
  • Gate Keeper & other Security features
  • Unified App Store and OS Software Update
  • Airplay Mirroring (AppleTV) Integration
  • Dual Boot with OS X Mountain Lion
  • OS X Mountain Lion Server (iOS Deployment)
  • OS X and related Apps Volume Licensing

To register: http://edseminars.apple.com/solutions

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