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When a suspicious email hits your inbox, it is sometimes followed by even more — but why so many?

If one person at UAB falls for a phishing email, their account can become compromised — and send out dozens or hundreds of similar phishing emails, all from that legitimate but compromised account. Because the phish comes from what appears to be a legitimate account, more people are apt to click links or attachments in the email.

And if more people fall for the phish, the emails continue to spread.

When phishing reports are made to UAB IT, the Information Security team acts quickly to recover compromised accounts and block the senders and suspicious URLs. That's why reporting a phishing email — through the PhishMe Reporter button in Outlook or by forwarding to phishing@uab.edu — is so important to stopping the spread of malicious emails.

Learn more about phishing and how to recognize a phish at uab.edu/phishing.
Unlimited backup storage is available through UAB IT with CrashPlan, a service that provides easy, automatic cloud backup for your data.

The service will be available for $10 per month per user.

CrashPlan offers continuous cloud backup with unlimited storage, as well as encryption for your data.

CrashPlan is available for faculty and staff across campus.

Request CrashPlan through the IT Service Portal.
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Stacy Ballard has been a UAB football fan since the beginning, when she was a student at the university.

“I followed many sports,” said Ballard, a systems analyst for UAB IT. “I was here when it started. I was a student here, alumni, employee so I’m just proud to be a part of it all.”

Ballard is an important part of the UAB team on campus — her work with UAB systems helps make sure everyone gets paid on time every month.

Having held season tickets for years, Ballard will be no stranger to Legion Field on Saturday, Sept. 2, when the Blazers take to the field for the first time in two years. She is proud of the city’s support for UAB.

“It was the fans and community that rallied to raise the money to bring it back and the support that exists now,” she said.

Ballard missed the football team during its absence but is elated about the return. She is excited to cheer on the team this fall — especially with a family of fellow supporters in the stands.

What’s her favorite part of the football season?

“I would put the game itself first and cheering the team on and then seeing others around you that you get to know or already know from working here or from obviously being a season ticket holder,” she said.
UAB IT will be adding new email security enhancements to protect UAB faculty, staff and students.

The change will take advantage of attachment handling improvements in Office 365 to reduce the number of potentially dangerous attachments.

Attachment files that are prohibited include those with these extensions: .ace, .ani, .app, .docm, .exe, .jar, .reg, .scr, .vbe, .vbs.

Most email users will not see any changes to their email habits, as most of the file types prohibited are already prevented by their email client.

For more information on email service constraints, please see this knowledge article in the IT Service Portal.
AskIT MoveIn Hours

AskIT, UAB IT's help desk for students, faculty and staff, will be open extended hours during move-in weekend and during the first week of classes.

Visit our trained technicians at the help desk at Sterne Library, OneStop, the Residence Life Center throughout move-in weekend and during the week if you have questions about connecting to WiFi, resetting your BlazerID password, or any other tech questions.

AskIT staff will working these extended hours:
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, Aug. 25, at Sterne Library and OneStop at the Hill Student Center
  • 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at RLC on Saturday, Aug. 26, during freshman move-in
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at OneStop at the Hill Center on Saturday, Aug. 26
  • 1 to 5 p.m. at OneStop on Sunday, Aug. 27
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at OneStop and Sterne Library from Aug. 28-Sept. 1


In addition, you can visit our TechConnect store on the first floor of the Hill Student Center, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Welcome back, Blazers!


Beginning Oct. 1, UAB Dropbox file-sharing will be replaced by UAB Box and OneDrive, services that offer the same functionality with enhanced features such as greater and even unlimited storage.

The software that runs UAB Dropbox is nearing the end of its supportable life, so UAB IT held town halls in early summer to co-author solutions for its replacement with the campus community.

What will take place: 
On Oct. 1, 2017, no new file uploads to UAB Dropbox will be allowed. You will still be able to download files from Dropbox until they have all expired on Oct. 14, 2017. 
On Oct. 14, 2017, the service will be turned off, and the Dropbox page will redirect users to alternatives using UAB Box or OneDrive.

Click HERE to learn how to transfer files using UAB Box. 
Click HERE to learn how to transfer files using Microsoft OneDrive. 
Click HERE to read the FAQs associated with this service enhancement.

Sharefile is the only approved file transfer method for UAB Health System personnel. Click here for more information.
A new phishing email attempt is circulating among UAB students, faculty and staff. The email claims that your BlazerID is about to expire.

The email looks similar to the one below. Some emails may even come from valid but compromised UAB email accounts.

BlazerID AbouttoExpire
If you receive a similar email, please report it using the "PhishMe Reporter" button on your Outlook, or forward to phishing@uab.edu

To avoid phishing scams, pay close attention to the sender and any links in the email. If they look unusual, ignore them. You can always log in to a known web site — such as the BlazerID web site — instead of clicking on the link.

The video below gives more tips on how to catch a phish.

To ensure UAB's mobile app can continue to deliver easy access to campus systems, the app will undergo maintenance resulting in a brief outage from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5.

The UAB mobile app offers a seamless mobile integration with Canvas, BlazerNET, the campus map, directory and other necessary campus systems. Download it today to stay connected.


Improvements to the Box.com web interface will make it easier for UAB employees to search for and share documents when using UAB Box. 

If you are using UAB Box, you can switch to the new interface now to try it out. Box will automatically switch the interface for all users on Sept. 8, 2017. 

Changes include better search capabilities using metadata, simplified sharing options and improved tile view. Notifications will also be renamed “messages” and will be accessible from the new left sidebar. 

UAB Box is a free cloud storage and collaboration tool available to campus faculty and staff. Storage capacity is unlimited, and files up to 15GB can be uploaded.  

Documentation about the changes has been placed on UAB Box in the “Welcome to UAB Box” folder. In that folder is a “New Box Experience” folder containing an inventory of changes and a short video explaining some of the differences between the new interface and the original one. Additional information can be found here [link to KB article].  

To try out the new interface, click here. You can revert to the original interface by clicking the question mark icon near your name in the upper right corner of the Box web page and clicking the link next to “Need to switch back to the old Box Experience?” 

UAB IT recommends you switch to the new interface as early as possible to become familiar with it. 

On Sept. 8, 2017, Box.com will enforce the use of this new interface for all users. 


A number of UAB students and employees have received scam emails tempting them with potential job offers.

The emails, with the subject line “job/internship vacancy,” come from multiple senders who are impersonating legitimate companies or brands.

The text of the message is similar to the following:

“Your resume was forwarded to me from your school career centre in response to an employment/job vacancy. Kindly get back to me at your earliest convenience if you are still looking for an opportunity to pursue.”

These email scams are likely intended to try to steal personal information or may even try to get the recipients involved, unintentionally, in illegal activity.

Students and employees should be wary of any unsolicited emails gauging your interest in a job — especially if you did not apply to the company.

Hover over the email address to check that the sender name matches the email address. Find other tips for detecting phishing emails in the video above.

If you receive a similar email, you should report it to UAB IT’s information security team by clicking the “PhishMe Reporter” button in Outlook, or by forwarding it to phishing@uab.edu.

According to the FBI, such employment email scams commonly target college students.


  • Scammers post online job advertisements soliciting college students for administrative positions.
  • The student employee receives counterfeit checks in the mail or via e-mail and is instructed to deposit the checks into their personal checking account.
  • The scammer then directs the student to withdraw the funds from their checking account and send a portion, via wire transfer, to another individual. Often, the transfer of funds is to a “vendor,” purportedly for equipment, materials, or software necessary for the job.
  • Subsequently, the checks are confirmed to be fraudulent by the bank.


  • "You will need some materials/software and also a time tracker to commence your training and orientation and also you need the software to get started with work. The funds for the software will be provided for you by the company via check. Make sure you use them as instructed for the software and I will refer you to the vendor you are to purchase them from, okay."
  • "I have forwarded your start-up progress report to the HR Dept. and they will be facilitating your start-up funds with which you will be getting your working equipment from vendors and getting started with training."
  • "Enclosed is your first check. Please cash the check, take $300 out as your pay, and send the rest to the vendor for supplies."


  • The student's bank account may be closed due to fraudulent activity and a report could be filed by the bank with a credit bureau or law enforcement agency.
  • The student is responsible for reimbursing the bank the amount of the counterfeit checks.
  • The scamming incident could adversely affect the student’s credit record.
  • The scammers often obtain personal information from the student while posing as their employer, leaving them vulnerable to identity theft.
  • Scammers seeking to acquire funds through fraudulent methods could potentially utilize the money to fund illicit criminal or terrorist activity.


  • Never accept a job that requires depositing checks into your account or wiring portions to other individuals or accounts.
  • Many of the scammers who send these messages are not native English speakers. Look for poor use of the English language in e-mails such as incorrect grammar, capitalization, and tenses.
  • Forward suspicious e-mails to the college’s IT personnel and report to the FBI. Tell your friends to be on the lookout for the scam.
  • If you have been a victim of this scam or any other Internet-related scam, you may file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov and notify your campus police.