• Microsoft releases external recipient tip for Outlook mobile Feb 14, 2019 | 15:37 pm

    On March 4, Microsoft is making a change intended to improve security when sending emails via Outlook mobile.For those who use Outlook mobile on iOS and Android, Outlook will clearly alert you when an external recipient — in our case, someone outside the University — is in the email address list when composing or replying to email messages. When you are composing or replying to a message with external recipients using Outlook for iOS or Android, the external recipient email address is highlighted in the address list as well as in the body of the message if @mentioned. A small[…]

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  • Scam emails impersonate department leaders Feb 1, 2019 | 10:29 am

    UAB faculty, staff and students should be aware of potential scam emails that impersonate academic and business unit leaders at the University, even University President Ray L. Watts, M.D.In the past several weeks, faculty and staff in certain schools at UAB have received scam emails that impersonate someone in a leadership position in their department. The scammers typically send a request for the person to complete an errand, or even buy certain items or wire money.If you hover your mouse pointer over the email address, you will see that it does not come from a UAB address.If you receive an[…]

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  • UAB IT recommends Windows update Dec 20, 2018 | 14:27 pm

    Microsoft has released an out-of-band security update that fixes an actively exploited vulnerability in Internet Explorer. This vulnerability was discovered by Google’s Threat Analysis Group and has been actively used in targeted attacks.UAB IT recommends all Windows desktops be updated, as the vulnerability is being actively exploited. These updates will be applied to UAB IT Desktop customer systems during the upcoming maintenance window this weekend.More information on the vulnerability and the released update is available here.

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  • Cellular Services office moving to Admin Building Dec 5, 2018 | 14:27 pm

    UAB IT’s Cellular Services office will be moving to the Administration Building as of Friday, Dec. 7.Ed Ramsey, who oversees cellular services and device distribution, will be moving from the TechConnect Store at the Hill Student Center to 515A in the Administration Building.Contact Ramsey at 205-934-1527 if you have questions.

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  • UAB supercomputer expanding storage capability Nov 30, 2018 | 14:25 pm

    UAB IT is adding 3 petabytes of storage to its Cheaha high-performance computing cluster over the holiday break, which will provide more storage capacity for the fastest supercomputer in the state.Ralph Zottola, Ph.D., assistant vice president for research computing at UAB, announced the addition at the annual Research Computing Day held Nov. 7.Zottola, who joined UAB last summer, has been meeting with researchers across campus to get an idea of their computing needs.“As we grow research computing, it will take all of us together at UAB,” Zottola said. “It’s essential for us to understand what the research community is doing[…]

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  • Get free photos with Santa at TechConnect Nov 28, 2018 | 13:56 pm

    Santa Claus will be busy in December, appearing at three events with UAB IT as he helps promote the UAB Toy Drive.First up is the Dec. 4 home basketball game, at which UAB will take on North Alabama. UAB IT will be in the lobby collecting new, unwrapped toys for the UAB Toy Drive, with Santa on hand to greet fans.Then from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Dec. 5, Santa will be taking free photos outside the TechConnect store at the Hill Student Center. Stop by to visit the store, drop off a toy for the Toy Drive and[…]

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  • Tech-savvy Santa helping collect toys for UAB Toy Drive Nov 21, 2018 | 09:34 am

    Santa Claus will be busy in December, appearing at three events with UAB IT as he helps promote the UAB Toy Drive.First up is the Dec. 4 home basketball game, at which UAB will take on North Alabama. UAB IT will be in the lobby collecting new, unwrapped toys for the UAB Toy Drive, with Santa on hand to greet fans.Then from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Dec. 5, Santa will be taking free photos outside the TechConnect store at the Hill Student Center. Stop by to visit the store, drop off a toy for the Toy Drive and[…]

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  • Ferrill named new CISO for UAB Nov 16, 2018 | 12:45 pm

    Rob Ferrill has been named assistant vice president and chief information security officer for UAB following a national search.Ferrill, who currently serves as chief information security officer for UAB Medicine, will start his new position on Jan. 1, 2019. He also serves as HIPAA security officer for both the Health System and the University.“Security is our most important IT imperative at UAB, and Rob brings a wealth of experience to this position, which is key to our goal of creating a secure computing environment through policies, training and technology,” said Vice President and Chief Information Officer Curtis A. Carver Jr.,[…]

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  • 25th Annual UAB Toy Drive kicks off Nov. 9 Nov 5, 2018 | 08:36 am

    For the 25th year, UAB students and employees will come together to make the holidays brighter for area children in need.UAB IT is kicking off UAB's 25th annual Toy Drive on Friday, Nov. 9. UAB IT has organized the Toy Drive for more than 10 years.To participate, bring new, unwrapped toys to any of the Toys for Tots boxes across campus. Boxes will be placed at the Administration Building, academic buildings, and Hill Student Center, among other locations.Toys collected in the drive are donated to Toys for Tots. UAB is among the largest contributors to the Jefferson County Toys for[…]

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  • Zottola named to new role in coalition dedicated to academic scientific computation Oct 26, 2018 | 13:47 pm

    Ralph Zottola, Ph.D., associate vice president for research computing, has been elected to serve on the Mission Committee for the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation.CASC is an educational non-profit organization with 86 member institutions representing many of the nation's most forward-thinking universities and computing centers. The Mission Committee is charged with charting the future course of the organization, which is dedicated to advocating the use of the most advanced computing technology to accelerate scientific discovery.Zottola has also been nominated for election as secretary of the Executive Committee."I am pleased that UAB will have a voice in shaping the future of[…]

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  • Blur unflattering backgrounds in Microsoft Teams video conference Oct 24, 2018 | 15:46 pm

    Need to conceal some unflattering surroundings during a video conference call? You can now blur your background when in a conference or meeting in Microsoft Teams.To start a meeting with background blur, on the Choose your audio and video settings screen when you’re joining the meeting, move the blur slider — the one to the right of the video slider — to the right. FYI, this only works for scheduled meetings.To turn on background blur during a meeting, click More options > Blur my background.Microsoft is still working on making this available to all devices. To find out if it’s[…]

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  • Using Duo for 2-factor authentication? Make sure you use the push notification in the app Oct 24, 2018 | 15:40 pm

    If you’re a Duo user, you already know that the best thing about the 2-factor authentication service is that you never have to change your BlazerID password again. But hopefully you also know that the easiest way to use Duo 2-factor authentication is with the push notification through the Duo app.The Duo Push is the easiest method for using the 2-factor authentication tool, and it’s recommended by UAB IT. When you click the “Send me a Push” button when logging in, you’ll get a notification on your mobile device to open the Duo app. When you open it, the app displays a green button[…]

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  • Research Computing Day set for Nov. 7 Oct 22, 2018 | 14:49 pm

    Learn more about leveraging the power of computers to grow the depth of our investigation and research at Research Computing Day on Wednesday, Nov. 7.Research Computing Day at UAB is an annual event that welcomes discussions on science, engineering, the arts and humanities focused on the drive to open new research frontiers with advances in technology.The event, which opens with a welcome from UAB Vice President and CIO Curtis A. Carver Jr., Ph.D., will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alumni Theater at Hill Student Center. Register here. Lunch will be provided.UAB is home to the[…]

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  • Statistical software Stata now available for free Oct 11, 2018 | 08:44 am

    Statistical software Stata is now available free for active students, faculty and staff at UAB.Stata an integrated statistical software package that provides everything you need for data analysis, data management and graphics. Stata is primarily used by researchers in the fields of economics, biomedicine and political science. Stata obtains and manipulates data and has a command line with a graphical user interface.Here’s how to access Stata: Click here for UAB-owned systems for faculty and staff.Click here for personal machines.Training resources: Get an insider tour of Stata with the introductory webinar “Ready.” Explore resources for Teaching with Stata here. Learn how[…]

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  • Data loss causes Microsoft pause on latest Windows 10 update Oct 10, 2018 | 09:47 am

    The 1809 update of Windows 10 may have a bug that is causing data deletion for users who choose to manually push the update. UAB IT is advising students, faculty and staff not to upgrade to the 1809 update on their own.Microsoft has rolled back the Windows 10 update and is advising anyone who downloaded it but has not installed it yet NOT to install it.Learn more here.

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  • UA Board of Trustees approve phase 3 of new IT building Sep 28, 2018 | 16:34 pm

    The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees on Friday, Sept. 21, approved phase three of the construction plan for a new UAB Technology Innovation Center.The $26.5 million facility is scheduled for completion in November 2020 and will house much of UAB’s technology infrastructure, including the Cheaha high-performance computing cluster, the fastest supercomputer in Alabama. The Technology Innovation Center, which will replace the Rust building, will be located at the corner of 17th Street South and Ninth Avenue South.“UAB’s students, researchers, faculty and staff inspire IT,” said Vice President and Chief Information Officer Curtis A. Carver Jr., Ph.D. “This new[…]

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  • 1,600 applications for degree submitted through new automated process Sep 28, 2018 | 15:10 pm

    UAB IT has automated the application for degree process, saving hours of manual work previously done by the Office of the Registrar.Nearly 1,600 applications have been submitted through the program for fall 2018 from the undergraduate and graduate students.The automated application minimizes manual mistakes, maintains accurate information and allows us to respond more quickly and process the applications more quickly," said Rhonda Stevens, assistant registrar for UAB. "And we have easy access in the system to make changes autonomously."The new application provides significant automation, replacing a paper-based workflow that touches students, advisors, department chairpersons and associate deans.Once all approvals are[…]

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  • Get tech help from AskIT with new portal Sep 18, 2018 | 10:36 am

    When you need technology help, you need to be able to find it fast — so you can get back to work.UAB IT has launched an updated IT Service Portal that allows you to more quickly and easily order services, software or equipment; find answers; or report something that’s broken.The updated IT Tech Help Portal is designed to give you a more streamlined customer experience. The portal is more easily searchable — you don’t have to be logged in with your BlazerID to search the knowledge base or the service catalog. It will take you fewer clicks to get to what[…]

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  • UAB IT to stop supporting legacy email protocols Sep 18, 2018 | 08:42 am

    Next month, UAB IT will stop supporting legacy email protocols such as IMAP, POP3 and SMTP.This is not a change that will affect most email users on campus.Beginning Oct. 12, UAB IT will begin provisioning all new user accounts without legacy protocol support for accessing the user’s Office 365 UAB.EDU email account; these protocols include Exchange ActiveSync (EAS), Messaging Application Programming Interface (MAPI), Exchange Web Services (EWS), Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP), Post office Protocol version 3 (POP3), and Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP).Beginning Oct. 19, UAB IT will cease supporting any connections for existing UAB.EDU user addresses using the IMAP, POP3, and SMTP legacy protocols.While most[…]

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  • Phishing attempts use replies to existing messages Sep 12, 2018 | 11:52 am

    A unique new phishing attempt is targeting email inboxes across campus, using compromised accounts to reply to existing messages.The phishing email may be sent by someone you know and have the following message:Do not click on the image. It is an attempt to steal your information.To report suspected phishing to AskIT, email it to phishing@uab.edu or download the PhishMe Reporter button for one-click reporting in Outlook.To better protect your UAB accounts, sign up for 2-factor authentication using Duo.

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