UAB IT is aware of an issue with Optidoc and systems that have been upgraded to Java 1.7.51.  When opening Optidoc users may be prompted with an alert (see examples below).  The work around for these alerts is to click 'Run' until such time as the vendor resolves the issue.  You can also check the "Always trust content from this publisher" to prevent the alert from appearing each time you start Optidoc. While this resolution is not optimal, it is the only solution available at this time.

If you have any questions please contact AskIT.


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tech talkUAB IT is introducing a new quarterly series, “Tech Talk,”   beginning this month.  On March 19th,  Dell Field Marketing Senior Advisor, Andrew Vanderploeg will kick off our series.  The focus will be a review of end-user computing, as well as the current state of Dell and where they are headed in the future.  Please plan to attend, and feel free to pass the invitation along to others on campus that you feel may want to attend.  March 19, 2pm-4pm CEC 140.
Effective January 1, 2014, UAB has a new password/passphrase standard for all active Blazer ID users. This standard supports the Data Protection and Security Policy and is designed to improve the overall security posture on campus. This standard applies to all users and systems at UAB which utilize a BlazerID.

The basics of this standard include:

  • minimum/maximum length requirements for BlazerID passwords/passphrases
  • password/passphrase expiration intervals
  • restrictions on reusing the same password/passphrase for the six previous intervals
  • password/passphrase complexity requirements
  • system logging of failed attempts to log on
  • disabling of unused accounts after a specific interval of non-use
  • requirements for credential encryption while in transit
  • several other recommendations

An official copy of this standard can be found in the UAB Policies and Procedures Library and on the UAB IT Information Security website in the IT Related Policies and Guidelines page.

Questions on this standard and its implementation should be directed to AskIT at (205) 996-5555 or to the Enterprise Information Security line (205) 975-0842 or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



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. 


UAB Online Announces Campus Overview Sessions for Blackboard and Instructure/Canvas

As the academic learning system selection process continues, the two finalists will be making presentations to the UAB Campus between October 29-31.  Sessions will be held in the Center for Teaching and Learning
(Education Building Room 243 across from Sterne Library) and will also be streamed live for those that wish to participate online.   Both Blackboard and Instructure/Canvas will present identical sessions over different days to accomodate as many schedules as possible.

Schedule: (Note: session archives are now available, see below)

  • Tuesday October 29
  • Wednesday October 30
    • Canvas overview session at 11:00am
    • Blackboard overview session 2:00PM (view archive)
  • Thursday October 31
    • Blackboard overview session 11:00am

More information on the learning system selection process can be found on the UAB Online website.
UAB Research Computing Day 2013

The 2013 UAB Research Computing Day will be held September 26, 2013 in Cudworth at 1919 University Blvd.

Activities this year will include a symposium on Thursday, September 26, 2013 with invited talks and contributed talks from campus researchers.

UAB Research Computing Day is dedicated to dialogs on science, engineering, and their ever present drive to advance the art of technology in opening new research frontiers. These dialogs connect with our daily operations, touch the far edges of the Internet, and intersect with the themes of national funding agencies and peer institutions. 

Sign up today for the UAB Research Computing Day 2013 event to be held in the UAB Cudworth Auditorium (1919 University Blvd.)

Registration

Agenda  

Directions to CEC

Qualtrics Research Suite (Surveys) 

UAB has an agreement in place with Qualtrics that provides a survey tool to the UAB campus community at a discounted price to what is available to individual users and schools direclty from Qualtrics.  School-level subscriptions include faculty, staff, and students. All other subscription levels include only employees (faculty/staff).  The licensing is for campus only and does not include the UAB Hospital.  If your school or department previously had a subscription directly with Qualtrics, those subscriptions are now included under the discounted campus agreement. Contact AskIT for information on migrating your surveys to the new subscription.

For more information about the Qualtrics subscriptions available under UAB's Agreement click here. 

A "needs assessment survey" is open for all interested faculty, staff, students and instructional designers (i.e. "UAB Online stakeholders") to share their thoughts on features/tools that must be present in the UAB learning management system (LMS), whether the current system (Blackboard) is selected, or a new one is adopted. The survey will be open through Aug. 5 and the results will be announced in the eReporter and posted on the UAB Online website by Aug.12. All are encouraged to complete the nine-question survey and give feedback. Direct questions regarding the process to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The survey can also be accessed from UAB Online.