Thunderbird for Students

Thunderbird can be used to access My Pitt Email using the IMAP protocol.

Creating Your Own Web Site


Did you know you can publish your own personal Web site here at Pitt? The first step is to create your Web pages using HyperText Markup Language (HTML). More information about HTML can be found in the Getting Started with HTML help sheet. Next, you need to upload those pages to a location where others can view them. This document explains how to do so.

Skype for Business Phones at Pitt

Skype for Business helps deliver a modern phone system to keep pace with the way you work today.

Phishing Alert: New Email Scam Mimics Pitt Passport Login

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 10:19


Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is responding to a new email phishing scam that claims to be an important message from Pitt faculty and staff. The link directs readers to a harmful site that mimics the Pitt Passport login page and attempts to collect their username and password. The email scam appears to originate from a University email address.

The following is a sample of the recent fraudulent email. If you receive this message (or any message similar to it), please report it as a phishing scam by forwarding the email message as an attachment to phish@pitt.edu. Detailed instructions on reporting scams are available at http://technology.pitt.edu/phishingscams.


Subject: Important Message from Pitt Faculty/Staff

Dear Employee:

You have new important message from Faculty/Staff.

Click here <link removed> to read

Thank You

Information Technology Services(ITS)

University of Pittsburgh

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTE: The information transmitted, including attachments, is intended only for the person(s) or entity to which it is addressed and may contain confidential and/or privileged material. Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of, or taking of any action in reliance upon this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. If you received this in error, please contact the sender and destroy any copies of this information.

Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail.


The link in the phishing email directs readers to a malicious Web page (shown below) that mimics the Pitt Passport login page. Remember that the real Pitt Passport login page always begins with https://passport.pitt.edu in the address bar.

Fake Pitt Passport page

CSSD strongly recommends that you do not reply to unsolicited emails or emails from unverifiable sources. Avoid clicking on links contained in such emails, as these may lead to sites that contain harmful software. If a link looks suspicious, you can hover over the link with your mouse to preview the URL without clicking on it.

In addition, CSSD recommends that all users install Symantec Endpoint Protection software and use the LiveUpdate feature to get the latest virus definitions. As a complement to Symantec Endpoint Protection, CSSD offers Malwarebytes Premium for individuals and departments at no cost. Students, faculty, and staff can download Malwarebytes and Symantec Endpoint Protection at no cost through the Software Download Service at My Pitt. Departments can submit a help request to obtain Malwarebytes for multiple machines.

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

Pitt App Store


The Pitt App Store consolidates Pitt-related mobile apps and delivers them from one convenient location. It includes apps for the University’s Web-based course management system, lynda.com training videos, Box cloud storage and collaboration, Microsoft Office, campus news, Pitt athletics, career fair preparation, Pitt PS Mobile, and more.

Help with HTML


Your University Computing Account gives you access to space in the Andrew File System (AFS), including space where you may host a personal Web page. The first step is to create your Web pages using HyperText Markup Language (HTML). This help sheets covers some of the basics of HTML. More information on HTML can be found in the brief guide to HTML hosted by the World Wide Web Consortium, available on the Web at http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/Guide/.

Reset Your Password Online if You Forget It


Students, faculty, and staff who forget their University Computing Account password can use the Self-Service Password Reset Service to reset their password online quickly and securely. You must select and answer three online security questions before you can use the Self-Service Password Reset Service. If you forget your password, you will be prompted to answer these security questions in order to verify your identity. If you forget your password and have not set your security questions, you will need to visit a campus computing lab to have your password reset.