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Need Multifactor Authentication Help? We Are Coming to You!

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 11:54

 

Multifactor authentication is an additional layer of security designed to prevent unauthorized access to your information and University data, including confidential retirement account details, pay statements, or direct deposit information. It will be required for faculty and staff beginning March 5. 

Our support specialists will be visiting departments in buildings all across 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. 

  • Monday, 2/27
    • Morning: Music Building, Falk School
    • Afternoon: Salk Hall, William Pitt Union
  • Tuesday, 2/28
    • Morning: David Lawrence Hall, Crawford Hall, Langley Hall, Clapp Hall, Crabtree Hall, Parran Hall
    • Afternoon: Information Sciences Building, Crawford Hall, Langley Hall, Clapp Hall, Crabtree Hall, Parran Hall
  • Wednesday, 3/1
    • Morning: Oxford Building, Chevron Science Center, Benedum Hall & Engineering Auditorium
    • Afternoon: Loeffler Building, Chevron Science Center, Benedum Hall & Engineering Auditorium
  • Thursday, 3/2
    • Morning: Posvar Hall, Sennott Square, Forbes Pavilion
    • Afternoon: Posvar Hall, Sennott Square, Forbes Pavilion
  • Friday, 3/3
    • Morning: Frick Fine Arts Building, Scaife Hall, Victoria Hall
    • Afternoon: Barco Law Building, Scaife Hall, Victoria Hall

If you miss a support specialist in your area, don’t worry. You can contact the Technology Help Desk any time at 412-624-HELP [4357]. We can help over the phone or via live chat, and we can send support to your location as needed.

More information about multifactor authentication, including step-by-step instructions, is available online.

Reminder: Multifactor also required for Secure Remote Access

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 08:28

 

Multifactor authentication will be added to all faculty and staff services that leverage Pitt Passport on March 5. As a reminder, multifactor authentication will also be required on March 5 for those using the Secure Remote Access service to connect to University resources.

Multifactor authentication will be enabled for all Secure Remote Access service users, including students, faculty, staff, and vendors. It will also be required for the recommended Pulse client, the IPSec client, and the legacy Network Connect client on the sremote.pitt.edu Web site.

Detailed instructions for using multifactor authentication with the Secure Remote Access service are available on our Web site under the heading “Multifactor and Secure Remote Access”. 

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.

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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.

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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.

And the 2017 Pitt Mobile App Challenge Winners Are…

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 17:04

 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Pitt Mobile App Challenge! We had more Code It entries and more Show It entries than during any previous year. Our sincere thanks to everyone who participated by submitting an entry or voting for their favorites. You helped make this year’s App Challenge a huge success!

And now the winners:

Code It Category

The "Code It" category asked students to build a working prototype of their app that functions on a mobile device.

First Place: $4,000 in Amazon Gift Cards

Adriena Cribb and Daniel Zheng for AskPitt

“AskPitt is a virtual assistant for Pitt students designed to make finding Pitt resources fast and intuitive. Available on Facebook Messenger, Slack, and Amazon Alexa, AskPitt leverages a simple and familiar messaging interface that quickly provides answers to common questions.”

Second Place: $2,000 in Amazon Gift Cards

Joel Austin and Gregory McKibbin for BABL

“BABL is a unique system created to help created a more culturally understanding and intellectually diverse campus community. It uses the idea of matching to help Pitt students of all campuses connect and help each other learn languages.”

Third Place: $1,000 in Amazon Gift Cards

Andrew Lendacky for UniTour-Pitt

“UniTour-Pitt is a unified university community service aiming to connect students with their Pitt surroundings. By using augmented reality, UniTour-Pitt displays information pertinent to all students. This project originally started as a Senior Design project with Chase Melius.”

Show It Category

The "Show It" category asked students to create a mockup of their app that showed what it would look like and how it would work.

First Place: $2,000 in Amazon Gift Cards

Hunter Stept for QuickSign

“QuickSign is a revolutionary app made specifically for the Pitt students that come in every year and have to sign people in and out. QuickSign will allow you to rapidly sign a guest in, or out, on your phone. Once the person is signed into QuickSign, their panther ID becomes “active” for that building so they can swipe in and avoid the wait.”

Second Place: $1,000 in Amazon Gift Cards

Robert Lasko for Wordsee

“Wordsee is an app that translates all audio detected on the phone into visual words. This will help millions of Americans with measurable levels of hearing impairment to be more confident in what they're hearing on the phone when official closed captioning is lacking (like in phone calls). Wordsee will help to bring down communication barriers faced by the deaf and hearing impaired every single day. 

Third Place: $500 in Amazon Gift Cards

Daniel Spero for Shaka

“Our mobile app is a social media platform that helps prospective and current college students stay up to date with what is happening at different college campuses including their own. We do this by providing them with a real-time, community-generated feed of current pictures and events, and allow them to connect with each other on their main social media platforms.” 

Thank you once again to everyone who participated in this year’s Pitt Mobile App Challenge. Even if you didn’t participate, we hope you’ll consider submitting an entry next year! You can learn more at http://technology.pitt.edu/appchallenge.