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

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

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

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.


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.

ATP digital sign

Pitt Passport: Your Trusted Single Sign-On Experience

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 10:10


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.


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


Faculty and Staff: Home-Use Options for Microsoft Titles

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 13:15

As a faculty or staff member at the University of Pittsburgh, you have access to certain software titles through your department. Your department may have already purchased the Microsoft Campus Agreement which includes Office365 for home-use. This software can be accessed here

Note that home-use access of this software expires if you leave the University.

As a faculty or staff member another option exists for home-use software. You can get permanent, home-use access to Microsoft software titles, including Office 2016 for Windows, Office 2016 for Mac, and Windows 10. The cost is $9.95 per title for a single-use, non-transferable license that never expires.

The software is available through pitt.onthehub.com. Please note that you will be taken to a site that has been developed by a third-party provider. Login with your University Computing Account username and password.

For detailed instructions, visit here.

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