Information Technology Updates

2 years 6 months ago

Targets aren't just the upper management of a company; the truth is, anybody can be a victim. Even random targeting can allow phishers to gather sensitive information about anyone online, such as their contact details and financial data, which they will use to their advantage. Read more at https://fraudwatch.com/who-are-the-most-common-targets-of-phishing-scams/
 

2 years 7 months ago

The holiday season is nearing. Soon millions of people will be looking to buy the perfect gifts, and many of us will shop online. Unfortunately, cyber criminals will be active as well, creating fake shopping websites and other online shopping scams to steal your information or money. Learn how you can find good deals without becoming a victim at https://www.sans.org/newsletters/ouch/shopping-online-securely-nov-21/

2 years 8 months ago

Beginning November 1, 2021, Zoom will require their apps to be no more than nine months behind the current version at any given time. 

If you are using a computer managed by UNI, Zoom updates will be done automatically for you and no action is required.

If you are using a personal device (computer or phone), Zoom apps that are outdated will be prompted to be upgraded upon connecting. Information Technology recommends that you regularly download and update to the latest version of the Zoom software by checking for updates within the Zoom client or by navigating to zoom.us/download to take advantage of all the latest security and functionality features. For assistance on keeping your personal devices updated, visit Zoom’s article on upgrading Zoom to the latest version on a personal device.

2 years 8 months ago

Duo enabled CatID accounts using Microsoft 365 applications and services will start to be prompted for multi-factor authentication (Duo) on November 3rd, 2021 to match campus security standards. If Duo is not currently turned on for your account, you will not be prompted. If you would like to learn more about multi-factor authentication at UNI, visit this page https://mfa.uni.edu/. If you are not enrolled in multi-factor authentication yet but would like to be, please visit this page https://mfa.uni.edu/enroll-your-account-duo.

2 years 8 months ago

Email is still one of the primary ways we communicate, both in our personal and professional lives. However, quite often we can be our own worst enemy when using email. Here are the most common mistakes people make with email and how to avoid them. https://www.sans.org/newsletters/ouch/avoid-the-most-common-email-mistakes/

2 years 8 months ago

In October of this year local landline calls to all numbers starting with 319 will need to be dialed with all ten digits. This change has been mandated by the FCC for multiple reasons including support of the new 988 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The UNI IT Voice team made system modifications so both 7 digit and 10 digit dialing will function as they always have using either procedure. In addition UNI long distance dialing will still require 1 followed by the 10 digit number.  

For more information: https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/ten-digit-dialing

 

2 years 9 months ago

Does it seem like cyber criminals have a magic wand for getting into your email or bank accounts and there’s nothing you can do to stop them? Wouldn’t it be great if there was one single step you could take that would help protect your from cyber criminals and let you securely make the most of technology? While no sole step will stop all cyber criminals, one of the most important steps you can take is to enable something called two-factor authentication (sometimes called 2FA, two-step verification, or multi-factor authentication) on your most important accounts. Read more at https://www.sans.org/newsletters/ouch/one-simple-step-to-securing-your-accounts/

2 years 10 months ago

Citrix is a resource available to UNI students and faculty to access applications and desktops while off campus. Important changes to be aware of for Citrix at UNI are noted below. 

Multi-factor Authentication

Citrix will start requiring MFA via Duo on August 10th, 2021 to match campus security standards. If you currently use Duo, you will start to see this change on August 10th. If you are a student that currently does not have Duo turned on, you won’t be prompted by Duo to access Citrix until it is turned on for your account. When this option is available, you will receive communication from campus IT. If you would like to learn more about multi-factor authentication at UNI, visit this page https://mfa.uni.edu.

 

New Interface

Citrix is now available via your web browser!  Simply navigate to https://vdi.uni.edu and access the applications and\or desktops in your web browser without having to download a client. You can continue to use the client, but we encourage you to give the web client a try. 

 

If you decide to continue to use the client, no problem!  When using the Citrix client you will not receive a prompt asking your preference for your Duo authentication. You can expect this Duo prompt to come to your phone and are required to verify your identity before you can log into the client. 

2 years 11 months ago

Google has notified UNI IT they will be applying a Drive Security update to make link-sharing more secure on September 13, 2021.  Security is a critical factor in managing our data in Google Drive, so we will be applying this update to a some of the files in our domain. Google will be sending an email on July 26th (similar to the message below) to users with impacted files, this will includes actions you will need to take and a link to the impacted files.


       Example email being sent to users with impacted files.

Here are some important aspects we have learned about this change: 

 

  • Files that will be affected by this security update are non-native Google files (e.g. Microsoft Word, PDFs, MP4s, etc.) shared prior to 2017. Google files (Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms) will not be impacted.
  • Any Google user (internal or external) should be able to access any file they have accessed before, even after the update has applied. Users can request access if they have not accessed the file before the update. 
  • Only users (internal or external) who haven’t viewed the affected files previously will be affected by this change. If a new user uses the old link, a request will be sent to the data owner to allow access.
  • You will need to share a new updated link (URL) for any files that still need to be publicly accessible with a link on websites or posted elsewhere. New links can be generated starting July 26th. 

 

We ask that if you have questions or concerns about this email, please contact UNI Information Technology via servicehub.uni.edu and your question or concern will be routed to the appropriate team.

 

Additional information from Google can be found at: https://workspaceupdates.googleblog.com/2021/06/drive-file-link-updates.html 

 

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