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).
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:
- visit a website that will allow them complete access to your machine
- download something they claim will help but is actually a virus
- 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.
Microsoft's new Office 365 University product provides a 4-year subscription to every new Office app, plus SkyDrive storage and Skype calling on 2 PCs or Macs plus mobile devices. The cost of the subscription to students is $79.99 and is valid for 4 years. Students can purchase the subscription directly from Microsoft or online through UAB's software download provider, Kivuto.
This new subscription-based service replaces the previous offerings UAB made available to students through the UAB Bookstore and online download for Office products (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.). UAB will continue to offer students free access to Microsoft Forefront (anti-virus) and server-based products such as SQL and Windows Server, however, Microsoft Windows desktop operating systems (Windows 7, 8) are no longer available to students through UAB. For more information, see the Microsoft Campus Agreement website.
Students that have previously installed one of the Microsoft Products that are no longer licensed for student use (generally those items where media was purchased at the UAB Bookstore or via online download such as Office, Windows-client Vista/7/8) should be aware that they are no longer licensed to use those products per the terms of the Microsoft agreement they signed at the time the media was delivered. While existing installations will continue to function, UAB encourages all students to migrate to the Office 365 University offering as soon as possible to ensure appropriate license compliance and to gain access to the new features.
For more information see the Microsoft Campus Agreement website.
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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.|
May 9, 2013
Computer systems running vendor-unsupported or end-of-life operating systems are potential security threats to the UAB campus network. Vendors do not provide security patches for unsupported systems, and these unpatched systems can be exploited by attackers. Such exploitations can result in disrupted experiments, corrupted research data and/or completely compromised systems. UABIT reserves the right to disconnect these computers from the campus network to mitigate this data breach risk (see UAB’s Acceptable Use of Computer and Network Resources policy). UAB system administrators are responsible for maintaining the security of all information systems, per the campus Data Protection and Security Policy, which includes updating applications and operating systems.
Windows XP will not be supported after April 2014. Windows versions prior to Windows XP and any version of Mac OS X prior to version 10.6 should be considered unsupported.
The information in this guidance statement applies to all constituents internal to UAB.
We recommend that systems running legacy, unsupported operating systems should not be used. They should be disconnected from the network because of the significant security risk to the university’s network and environment. If the device is critical and cannot be turned off or disconnected, the device should be physically isolated from the university network. If disconnection and/or isolation are not possible, then an exemption and risk acceptance form will need to be completed, signed by the appropriate dean or vice president, and filed with Enterprise Information Security.
Unsupported legacy operating systems:
Windows XP after April 8, 2014
Mac OS X Family
Mac OS 9.x
OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
OS X 10.4 (Tiger)
OS X 10.3 (Panther)
OS X 10.2 (Jaguar)
Ubuntu 11.10 after May 9, 2013
Ubuntu 11.04 and Prior
Ubuntu 10.04.4 LTS
Debian 5.0 (lenny)
Debian 4.0 (etch)
Debian 3.1 (sarge)
Debian 3.0 (woody)
Other Unix OS
AIX prior to 6.1
Solaris prior to 9 (SunOS 5.9)
Dell Products for UAB Students & Faculty/Staff Home Use
Through UAB's relationship with Dell, many products are available to students (and parents on behalf of students) and faculty/staff for purchase for home use. Check this page often as Dell regularly provides notices of sales and discounted items and they will be posted here. Remember, these are Dell's prices and are not negotiated by UAB, but simply discounted offerings that Dell is making available to the education community. You will need the UAB Member ID provided below.
Member ID: US116018898
Phone Dell's sales team: 800-695-8133
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