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A New Pitt Mobile Design is Here!

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 00:04

Earlier this spring all students, faculty, and staff were invited to take a survey and provide us with information about their Pitt Mobile experience. Pitt Mobile is an app and mobile Web site that provides helpful University information such as an interactive campus map, an online directory, an events calendar and more. Based on feedback from the survey, two designs were created and all students, faculty, and staff were invited to cast their votes for their favorite Pitt Mobile App design.

The results have been tallied and a winning design has been determined. The new site keeps the styling simple by using the blue-and-gold University colors. It also uses a traditional, icon-based layout with quick links to content. The site display adjusts to the mobile device used, but not to computers, tablets, or other devices. The new design looks like this:

Pitt Mobile App

New site features include:

  1. Icons that are arranged based on survey results and usage metrics.
  2. A Find Jobs icon has been added that links to PittSource, the University online employment system.
  3. An Ask Cathy link that can be used to search for and discover information about the University and services that are offered.
  4. A link to a Mobile Feedback form for students, faculty, and staff to continue to share Pitt Mobile experiences with us.
  5. Access to Arrival Survival that will be available during the campus move-in week.
  6. Information about special features and campus events that will be placed in the header of the app. Check Pitt Mobile often to see what’s going on.

Please continue to provide feedback on your Pitt Mobile experience. Your feedback is a valuable and important part of improving the service.

Get the free Pitt Mobile App for iPhone and iPad via the App Store or use Google Play on Android devices.

For additional information, visit the Pitt Mobile page or check out the Ask Cathy feature.

Mathematica for Students

A computational tool for numerics of any precision, symbolics, or visualization.

Mathcad for Students

Solve a wide range of math, science, and engineering problems.

Cloud Storage (pitt.box.com)

All students, faculty, and staff have access to unlimited cloud storage space through pitt.box.com.

ChemOffice Professional for Students

Create and modify representations of chemical structures.

MobilePrint Service for Students

Monday, August 31, 2015 - 10:59

 

Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is pleased to announce MobilePrint service for students. MobilePrint lets students send print jobs from any device via email to either colorprint@pitt.edu or mobileprint@pitt.edu and then print files at Pitt Print stations. MobilePrint is an extension of the Pitt Printing Service that’s available to students at the Pittsburgh campus. Read the MobilePrint FAQ to get started.

More than 60 print stations are available in convenient locations on the Pittsburgh campus including the CSSD Computing Labs and most residence halls. Click here to view a list of Pitt Print stations.

To learn more about Pitt Printing, visit technology.pitt.edu/print.

Contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP [4357] if you have any questions about this announcement.

Pitt Passport: Your Trusted Single Sign-On Experience

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 10:10

Overview

A new login page called Pitt Passport is coming to the University services you use every day, including My Pitt, pitt.box.com, CourseWeb, PRISM, PittSource, and more. Pitt Passport is a Single Sign-On solution that delivers a consistent, trusted login experience across University services.

The new Pitt Passport login page will replace the variety of different login pages you currently see when accessing University services. The new page always begins with passport.pitt.edu in the address bar of your browser, and it looks like this:

Pitt Passport Login Page

The Pitt Passport login page will not replace all University login pages at the same time. Instead, we will implement the new login page on a service-by-service basis during the next several months. You can view our implementation schedule below. We will update this schedule on an ongoing basis with additional services and implementation dates.

Pitt Passport Implementation Schedule

Date Service Name
April 30 My Pitt Email for faculty and staff
May 28 Legacy Webmail
June 11 Student Information System (PeopleSoft)
June 11 PeopleSoft Mobile (psmobile.pitt.edu)
June 11 University of Pittsburgh Document Management (ImageNow)
July 16 My Pitt
August 5 PittSource
August 6 Online Training (lynda.pitt.edu)
August 13 Office 365
August 13 PRISM
September 28 pitt.box.com

 

Pitt Passport Benefits

Pitt Passport will provide the University community with a number of benefits.

  • Consistent, trusted login experience: When Pitt Passport is fully implemented, you will see the same login page no matter what service you access. You can easily verify that the login page is safe by confirming the address in your browser begins with passport.pitt.edu.
  • Option to enhance security with multifactor authentication: You can add a layer of protection to Pitt Passport by choosing to enable multifactor authentication for specific University services. Multifactor authentication means that to log in to a service, you will need two “factors”: something you know (like your password) and something you have (like a mobile phone on which you will receive a login confirmation notice). So if you want to add an extra layer of security when you log in to view your grades or check your retirement plan, you have the option to do so.  
  • Ability to review your login history: Pitt Passport also enables you to see exactly when your username and password were used to access specific University services. If you notice a discrepancy (for example, a login that occurred while you were not using a service), you can report it immediately. See the section below for details.

View Pitt Passport Login History

One of the benefits of Pitt Passport is that it allows you to view your login history. Your login history represents every occasion when your username and password were used to access specific University services.

If you notice a discrepancy (for example, a login that occurred while you were not using a service), you can click the Report an issue link to notify the Technology Help Desk.

To view your login history, complete these steps:

1. Log in to accounts.pitt.edu with your University Computing Account username and password.

2. Click View Pitt Passport Login History.

View your login history

There are three ways to view your login history:

Full Login History

This tab displays a chronological history of your logins.

  • Click a column header to sort logins by that column.
  • If you want to view only the occasions when your username and password were used to log in to a service from outside the University's network (for example, from a coffee shop or a house), click the box next to Hide Pitt IP Address Logins. This option helps you quickly review logins that occurred from devices that were not connected to the University's network. 
  • If you find any logins that seem suspicious, click the Report link.   
  • You can click the Download link to download a spreadsheet of your login history in .csv (comma-separated value) format, which can be opened in Microsoft Excel.  

Full login history

IP Login History

This tab allows you to view logins that are grouped by "IP address". An IP address is a unique address assigned to a specific computer or mobile device. This tab makes it easy to review what logins were made from specific devices. If you find any logins that seem suspicious, click the Report link. 

IP Login History

Service Login History

This tab allows you to view logins that are grouped by University services. It makes it easy to review every time you logged in to a specific service. If you find any logins that seem suspicious, click the Report link.

Service login history 

Note: Services that have not yet been registered with University may display a number instead of a name in the Services column. The service name will appear once the service has been registered.

Questions?

If you have questions about Pitt Passport, please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP [4357].

 

Advanced Threat Protection for Your University Email

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 10:34

 

The implementation of Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection on June 4, 2016 will add another layer to the University’s existing security controls. Advanced Threat Protection enhances security and helps protect against advanced persistent threats with two new features: Safe Links and Safe Attachments.

Safe Links

Safe Links evaluates the links in an email message in real time to determine whether they link to safe or harmful content. All links evaluated by Safe Links will be replaced by a longer URL that that begins with https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?’, similar to the example shown below.

Safe Links example

If the link is safe, you will be sent to the original Web address when you click on it. If the link is not safe, you will see a warning message indicating that the Web site you are trying to visit is harmful.

Safe Attachments

Safe Attachments is a feature that protects against harmful email attachments. Safe Attachments opens attachments in a virtual environment and analyzes their behavior to determine whether they are harmful. If the attachment is safe, it will be delivered to you along with the original email message. If the attachment is harmful, the email will be blocked and the message and attachment will not be delivered.

The analysis process may cause some minimal (measured in minutes) delay in delivery to you of email messages with attachments.

More information about Advanced Threat Protection is available at http://technology.pitt.edu/atp.

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Protect Your Privacy with Multifactor Authentication

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 12:32

 

Now you can protect your privacy and enhance the security of your data by enabling multifactor authentication for many University online services.  

Multifactor authentication adds another layer of protection to Pitt Passport by requiring two “factors” to log in to a service: something you know (like your password) and something only you have (like your mobile phone on which you will receive a login confirmation notice).

Multifactor authentication ensures that your password alone cannot be used to access confidential information, such as grades, tuition payments, retirement account details, pay statements or direct deposit information.

Multifactor authentication involves three basic steps:

  1. Register a device
  2. Select the services you want to protect
  3. Log in to protected services using the device you registered

Multifactor authentication is quick and easy. Much like fastening a seat belt in a car, it provides significant safety benefits with minimal time and effort.

We encourage you to begin using multifactor authentication today. Our privacy strategy will use multifactor authentication to provide access to University systems that house sensitive information. Visit http://technology.pitt.edu/multifactor today to get started.

Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412 624-HELP [4357] if you have any questions.

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Some Exciting New Features are Coming to My Pitt!

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 13:04

 

On December 21, My Pitt will be enhanced with several new features that will make it faster and easier to access University resources and information.

  1. Search More Easily: Try the powerful new search bar.   
  2. Browse More Quickly: Find services in a flash with new task icons. 
  3. Ask Cathy: Connect with familiar services and discover new ones.

Learn more at http://pi.tt/mypittenhanced

My Pitt Enhancements