Through the TechConnect Notebook Program, students can purchase one of three Dell laptops at up to $238 off retail prices, along with a service program that allows them to get support at the on-campus TechConnect storefront in the Hill Student Center. For a limited time, each Notebook Program purchase is also eligible for a $200 gift card from Dell, increasing the savings.
If a computer needs to be serviced for a prolonged period, students in the program are furnished with loaner laptops so that their studies can continue uninterrupted until their regular device is functioning properly.
Students or parents can purchase from TechConnect's web site or in the store. The storefront takes a variety of payment options, including credit cards, Blazer Bucks, Apple Pay and Android Pay.
Products can be ordered and paid for online now, with pickup available prior to the start of the fall term.
More information about the Notebook Program is available here.
TechConnect also offers affordable tablets that have been tested by UAB IT to work in the university's learning environment and that can complement students' primary devices.
Through Keeper, your passwords and logins are saved in a private digital vault protected by powerful encryption. Keeper is a zero-knowledge security platform, which means that only the user has knowledge of and acess to his or her Master Password and the encryption key used to encrypt and decrypt his or her information.
IOS and Android apps are available in addition to the web application.
Keeper is available to UAB staff, students and faculty. It is not available to UAB Hospital staff at this time.
How to get a Keeper account:
- Register with Keeper here.
- Create a master password that is not your BlazerID password.
- When creating your Master Password, Keeper requires a 15-character password length with one special character (e.g. !@#$%), one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter and at least one digit.
- Note: Your browser may prompt you to save your Keeper Master Password. NEVER allow the browser to save your Keeper password.
After registration is complete:
- Install the browser extensions (available for Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer) here.
- Tutorials, Quick Start Guides and 24/7 support and live chat are available here.
Please send any feedback on Keeper Password Manager by entering a problem ticket in the IT Service Portal.
The limited single sign-on login page for those cloud-based storage systems will change July 8. The change simply reflects an upgrade of the system that underlies the sign-in method. The screenshot below shows the change.
These attacks may come in the form of emails that seem trustworthy, but may convince you to install malicious software or reveal your personal information under false pretences.
Look for indicators such as threats or spelling and grammar errors, and avoid clicking on any links in suspicious emails.
Ultimately, you are the most effective way to detect and stop phishing scams. When viewing e-mail messages, texts, or social media posts, look for the following indicators to prevent stolen passwords, personal data, or private information.
Some more tips to avoid being a phishing victim:
- Beware sketchy messages. Phishy messages may include a formal salutation, overly-friendly tone, grammatical errors, urgent requests or gimmicks.
- Avoid opening links and attachements. Even if you know the sender, don't click on links that could direct you to a bad web site. And do not open attachments unless you are expecting a file from someone.
- Verify the source. Check the sender's email address to make sure it's legitimate. If in doubt, just delete the message.
- Do NOT click links in messages that ask you to log in. Type a trusted Web address in your browser or Google for the Web site if you don’t know the address.
- Never type personal, sensitive information (such as passwords or account numbers) on Web sites without verifying the Web site’s authenticity and security — look for an “https” in the address bar.
- Verify the address. Malicious web sites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the address may use a variation in spelling or a different domain (.com vs. .edu).
- If you are unsure whether a request is legitimate, contact the company directly. Do NOT use contact information provided in the request.
- Protect your password. Information security and IT officials at both the university and UAB Hospital will never ask users for passwords or any other sensitive information.
- Report suspicious activity. If you have any questions or you receive a suspicious email that you want to report, university employees and students can call the AskIT Help Desk at 205-996-5555. Hospital employees can call the HSIS Help Desk at 205-934-8888.
To report suspected spam to AskIT, please follow the instructions here.
Rivers has a broad background in information technology and security, with a career spanning 20 years in higher education and Fortune 500 business industries. For the past five years, Rivers has served the University of Georgia as University Information Security Officer.
Rivers holds both a Bachelor of Science in computer science and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Georgia College & State University.
“Brian brings leadership and experience to the position and will help us develop a world-class IT organization for UAB,” said Dr. Curt Carver, vice president and CIO.
“I would like to thank the members of the search committee, led by Robert Howard, for their hard work identifying excellent candidates for the position."
Members of the search committee included Robert Howard, associate vice president and deputy CIO; Dr. Franklin Tessler (UAB Medicine); Dr. Julio Rivera (Collat School of Business); and UAB IT’s Cindy Jones.
UAB has a strong research team, the president of IRAP parent company InfoEd Global said following a recent visit to campus.
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and UAB IT hosted a visit by Eddie Johnson and Nacole Simonds, president and vice president of InfoEd Global, on May 2-5. UAB is implementing its Integrated Research Administration Portal (IRAP) based on InfoEd Global research administration software. The company, which is based in Albany, N.Y., is exploring the possibility of establishing a secondary office in Birmingham.
Johnson met with UAB President Ray Watts and visited the Innovation Depot as part of his visit. Johnson said he appreciated seeing how UAB's vision for technology is being accomplished.
"Many places are talking about doing the things that UAB is actually already doing," he said. "What they are implementing is beyond what others have even thought about yet. We are excited to see the results of our strengthening partnership. They have an incredibly strong team of resources, and it is exciting to be a part of that family. I expect great things from our partnership and look forward to being a part of UAB as they implement their vision."
UAB leaders are looking forward to continued collaboration. "We think he was favorably impressed by both the business opportunities and the nice weather Birmingham has to offer," said Dr. Lauretta Gerrity, senior associate vice president for research administration.
Products can be ordered and paid for online now, with pickup availabie in August 2016, prior to the start of the fall term. Customers will be notified when the notebook is available for pickup.
Some limited products are available for immediate purchase and pickup at the TechConnect store in Hill University Center. Call ahead at 205-934-8333 for availability (do not order below).
Dell Inspiron 5000
15.6" non-touch, Intel i5,
8GB RAM, 1 TB SATA,
DVD R/W, Windows 10
Dell hardware price: $797.99
Dell Inspiron 5000 2-in-1
15.6" touch, Intel i7, 8GB RAM,
1 TB SATA, NO DVD, Windows 10
Dell hardware price: $1,047.99
Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1
15.6" touch, Intel i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB hybrid with 128ssd, no DVD, Windows 10
Dell hardware price: $1,497.99
You save $98
*Price includes $26 fee to fund
You save $148
*Price includes $26 fee to fund
You save $238
*Price includes $26 fee to fund
The Notebook program includes:
Laptops pre-configured for UAB. TechConnect Notebooks are selected to meet or exceed the recommendations from UAB IT and the academic areas. Each one comes ready for use at UAB and includes the main required software and access to UAB services and network. In some cases, TechConnect has worked with individual schools to include additional software to support that school's unique requirements.
On-campus service and support. Assistance with setup, software installs, WiFi network setup and coordination of warranty hardware repairs comes with each TechConnect Notebook.
Loaner laptops. Students with TechConnect Notebooks needing prolonged service will be provided a loaner laptop to use until their notebook is returned. The purchase of each TechConnect Notebook includes a one-time fee of $26 to support the loaner program. (Should loaner demand exceed supply, a wait list will be maintained to provide a loaner as quickly as one becomes available.)
Extended hardware warranty. A three-year manufacturer's hardware warranty comes with each TechConnect Notebook.
Full service warranty. Warranty hardware support for your TechConnect Notebook is covered off campus as well. TechConnect Notebooks can be repaired by any certified Dell vendor in the United States.
Accidental damage protection. TechConnect Notebooks come with three-year manufacturer's damage protection, which covers repair or replacement for liquid spills, drops, falls, electrical surges, damaged or broken LCD due to a drop or fall.