tech talkUAB IT's “Tech Talk”  series continues in June with Adobe. On June 27th,  Adobe will be on site to discuss the new Creative Cloud enterprise agreement and what all is included.  This will be a great opportunity to ask questions of Adobe and learn all of the features/functions available with UAB's Creative Cloud agreement.  Please plan to attend, and feel free to pass the invitation along to others on campus that you feel may benefit...the session is open to all faculty and staff and no registration is required.  Friday June 27th, 2pm-4pm at the Center for Teaching and Learning (2nd floor of the Education Bldg; CTL entrance across courtyard from Sterne Library).
After 10 years as a student and 25 years working at UAB, Doug Rigney, Ph.D., interim vice president of Information Technology, has announced his retirement, effective May 31.  See the full article on Dr. Rigney here.
tft logoThe 20th Annual UAB Holiday Toy Drive is underway!  From now until December 10th, members of the UAB community are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys suitable for children between the ages of infant and 12 years. 

Individuals wishing to donate toys should place them in the designated collection boxes or bring them to the UAB Administration Building lobby by noon on December 10th.  Toy collection boxes are located in buildings throughout campus, including the Administration Building, Campbell Hall, CH19, Cudworth Hall, FAB, Kaul Building, Heritage Hall, Hoehn, Lister Hill Library, School of Nursing, and the UAB Police Department just to name a few.  Sterne Library is also participating again this year, and library fines not exceeding $25 will be waived when you bring in the overdue books and a new, unwrapped toy (applied to current overdue books and fines only).

For more information about the 20th annual UAB Holiday Toy Drive, contact Eric Thompson at 975-0250 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

UAB IT Information Security reports that there has been a recent sharp rise in the occurrence of a scam commonly known as a “support desk scam” on campus. In effort to help prevent you from being victimized, UAB Information Security has provided a description of the scam and some tips you can use to protect yourselves. 

About the scam:
Support Desk Scams are perpetrated  through a phone call.  Typically, the scammer will have a thick foreign accent and claim to be from some company’s (e.g. Microsoft, Apple) Support Services in the Technical Department.  The scammer will tell you something along the lines of “Your computer is seriously infected and has been causing a lot of trouble on the internet” or that “Your machine is at serious risk for infection”. Some scammers even offer you the opportunity to verify their ID by typing a specific command into your computer but this is not a legitimate method of verification. Once the scam caller feels they have your trust, they will ask you to take one of the following actions:

  1. visit a website that will allow them complete access to your machine
  2. download something they claim will help but is actually a virus
  3. purchase an item that will protect your machine but will do more harm than good and require you provide them will personal information. 

What you should look for and know:

  • Microsoft will never call you and say you’re machine is at risk/compromised or that you have been causing problems on the internet.
  • Always ask for a call back number and say you’ll call them back. Google the phone number they give you.  It is likely someone else has posted complaints about scammer online.
  • Never purchase and/or download something blindly from the internet based on the suggestion of an untrusted source.
  • Never give anyone access to your machine that you do not know and explicitly trust.

Remember, it is very simple to avoid being a victim by using caution.  If you ever have legitimacy concerns about a phone call or an email, contact UAB AskIT @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 205-996-5555. 


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