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News and Alerts

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.

MFA

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

CourseWeb Extended Maintenance Scheduled for Dec. 26-27

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 15:11

 

CourseWeb, the University of Pittsburgh's implementation of Blackboard Learn, will be unavailable during an extended maintenance period from 10:00 p.m. on Monday, December 26 through 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 27. Access to My Pitt Video will also be unavailable during this time.

Although a maintenance period has been scheduled during these times, the systems will be returned to service earlier if work is completed ahead of schedule. This maintenance is necessary to maintain the stability and reliability of the CourseWeb system.

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

The Pitt Mobile App Challenge is Back and Better than Ever

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 12:20

 

The Pitt Mobile App Challenge gives Pitt undergraduate students at all campuses the chance to share their mobile app ideas with the Pitt community and the opportunity to win some terrific prizes, including $4,000, $2,000, $1,000, or $500 worth of Amazon gift cards! 

This year's App Challenge asks students to tackle one of five specific challenges. Once you choose your challenge, you can participate in one of two categories:

  • Show It: Create a visual mockup of your app that shows what it would look like and how it would work. The winning entry receives $2,000 in Amazon gift cards.  
  • Code It: Build a working prototype of your app that functions on a mobile device. The winning entry receives $4,000 in Amazon gift cards.  

You can work alone or as part of a team. All winners will be determined by a combination of student voting and scores awarded by a panel of judges.

Get started today! Visit the Pitt Mobile App Challenge Web page to choose your challenge, download the submission template, and review the rules. You’ll also find resources to help you get started building your app. Submissions open February 1. Good luck!

App Challenge

Easier Gaming Console Connections in the Residence Halls

Monday, December 26, 2016 - 13:30

 

The new Pitt Gaming network provides a simpler way to connect gaming consoles and Smart TVs to the University’s network from Pittsburgh campus residence halls.

You can take advantage of the Pitt Gaming network by connecting your device to your room's network port with an Ethernet cable or by connecting to the PITT-GAMING wireless network. For optimal performance, we recommend that you connect to the wired network port in your room.

For details, please visit http://pi.tt/gaming.

Pitt Gaming Network

Vote for Your Favorite Apps in the Pitt Mobile App Challenge

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 10:18

 

Now is your chance to cast your votes for your favorite entries in the year's Pitt Mobile App Challenge. Log in to My Pitt and click the voting link in the upper right-hand corner of the page or cast your vote here.

You can learn more about each entry by clicking the name of the app. Show It entries will include a PowerPoint presentation describing the app. Code It entries feature a PowerPoint presentation and a short video demo.

Your votes will help determine the winners, so check out all the great entries today. You can vote for more than one entry, so vote for all of your favorites! Voting will be open through Sunday, April 16.

Vote today! 

 

 

 

Students: Multifactor Authentication Protects Your Privacy. Please Register by May 14

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 17:51

 

Multifactor authentication provides a powerful defense against increasing threats from phishing scams, malicious software, and compromised passwords. These threats pose an immediate risk to your privacy and the security of University data.   

To help protect you and safeguard your privacy, on May 14 the University will add multifactor authentication to all student services that leverage the University’s single sign-on service, Pitt Passport. Registration is required.  If you don’t register before May 14, you will be taken to the registration page before you can access University services on that day.  

In addition, the protection of multifactor authentication will also be required for student employees, resource accounts, guest wireless accounts, OSHER accounts, emeritus faculty, and visiting faculty. Alumni, applicants, and retired staff will not be required to use multifactor authentication at this time.

Don’t wait until May 14 to take advantage of the added protection multifactor authentication provides. You can start using it today in three quick steps:

  1. Register a device (for example, a smartphone or tablet).
    Log in to accounts.pitt.edu, click "Add/Manage Pitt Passport Devices", and complete the steps.
  2. Enable multifactor authentication.
    Log in to accounts.pitt.edu, click "Secure Pitt Passport Services", enable multifactor for all services, and click "Save".  
  3. Log in using the device that you registered.    

Step-by-step instructions are available at http://technology.pitt.edu/multifactor.

If you need help registering or have questions, we’re here for you. You can call the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP [4357], start an online chat, or stop by one of our Quick Registration tables where one of our support specialists will help get you up and running.

MFA

Need Multifactor Authentication Help? We Are Here for You!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 09:43

 

Multifactor authentication provides a powerful defense against increasing threats from phishing scams, malicious software, and compromised passwords. These threats pose an immediate risk to your privacy and the security of University data.

To help protect you and safeguard your privacy, on May 14 the University will add multifactor authentication to all services that leverage the University’s single sign-on service, Pitt Passport. Registration is required. If you don’t register before May 14, you will be taken to the registration page before you can access University services on that day. 

Support specialists are available on the Pittsburgh campus to help you register your device for multifactor authentication, use it to log in to University services, or answer any questions you might have. Check the schedule below for a location near you.

  • April 4: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Towers Lobby
  • April 5: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Hillman Library
  • April 12: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Hillman Library
  • April 18: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Towers Lobby
  • April 19: 2:00 – 9:00 p.m., Hillman Library  
  • April 20: 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., Hillman Library  
  • April 23: noon – 4:00 p.m., Hillman Library  
  • April 24: 1:30 – 6:00 p.m., Hillman Library  
  • April 25: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Hillman Library
  • April 26: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Hillman Library

If you miss one of our Quick Registration sessions, don’t worry. You can call the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP [4357] or start an online chat at any time.

More information about multifactor authentication, including step-by-step instructions, is available at http://technology.pitt.edu/multifactor.

MFA

CourseWeb Maintenance Scheduled for May 4

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 08:50

 

CourseWeb, the University of Pittsburgh's implementation of Blackboard Learn, will be unavailable during a maintenance period from 1 AM through 8 PM on Thursday, May 4. Access to My Pitt Video will also be unavailable during this time.

Although a maintenance period has been scheduled during this time, the systems will be returned to service earlier if work is completed ahead of schedule. This maintenance is necessary to maintain the stability and reliability of the CourseWeb system.

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

An Enhanced pitt.box.com User Experience Arrives May 1

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 15:51

 

An improved, more personalized user experience is coming to pitt.box.com on May 1 for University students, faculty, and staff. The new interface features:  

  • A clearer layout and simpler navigation that enables you to access your most recently used files with one click. You can also view more quickly who is accessing and editing content.
  • An improved, faster search that also allows you to find your work without even typing. With a few clicks, you can find what you are looking for by selecting owners, last date edited, and file type.
  • The ability to switch between views (list view for quick scans or thumbnail view for rich previews). You can also now watch HD and 360* Video right from Box. 

You can preview the new user experience today at https://pitt.app.box.com/on/allnewbox. To switch back to the previous interface, click the question mark icon in the upper right-hand corner of the page and select “Need to switch back to the old Box user experience?”

Beginning May 1, the new Box user experience will become the standard interface for pitt.box.com and the option to revert to the old experience will no longer be available. Additional help resources are available to help familiarize you with the new interface:  

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