Mojave Update

After weeks of internal testing, OIT now states that Mac users may upgrade their operating system to the newest version, Mojave. Before upgrading, users should ensure the McAfee Agent for Mac is version 5.5.1.374 or later, and the McAfee ENS for Mac must be version 10.5.6.103.

After upgrading to Mojave, users should check for updates in Microsoft. Users can check for updates by opening a Microsoft application, such as Word, then clicking Help from the top navigation, then click Check for Updates.

As always, OIT encourages users to backup all data before performing any upgrade. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.

Please note one known issue – super drives will not load blank disks upon upgrading to Mojave.

Nov. 26, 2018 – Phishing Alert

Monday, Nov. 26 2018, OIT received reports of many UA employees receiving phishing messages with the subject title “You have been sent a file using Dropbox”.

If you have received an email like this, please delete the email. Additionally, if you are not a DUO user, please activate your DUO account at duo.ua.edu. Remember the red flags of phishing, and always check the “from” email address on suspicious messages.

If you did receive this email and you have questions, please contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.

November 20, 2018 Phishing Alert

Tuesday, Nov. 20 2018, many UA students received emails with the subject message “UA PAID JOB OFFER.”

If you have received an email like this, please delete the email. Additionally, if you are not a DUO user, please activate your DUO account at duo.ua.edu. Remember the red flags of phishing, and always check the “from” email address on suspicious messages.

If you did receive this email and you have questions, please contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.

Banner Services Unavailable Sunday, Dec. 2 from 5 a.m. – 10 a.m.

The Office of Information Technology will be implementing a Banner Bundle upgrade on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 from 5:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  myBama will be available during the upgrade, but channels that connect to Banner will not be accessible, including self-service and administrative systems. For questions or concerns, contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.

OIT Recommends Not Installing Mac OS Mojave

Update 11/2/2018 – OIT continues our recommendation of not upgrading to the latest Mac OS Mojave. Many users that have upgraded are experiencing major issues – like being locked out of their machines. Please wait for the “all clear” from OIT before upgrading.


Mac is set to release its latest operating system, Mojave, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. OIT is currently testing the OS for compatibility.

We recommend that NetAdmins test the operating system within their environment, and wait for further recommendation from OIT before putting the OS into production as any issues that cannot be resolved internally may require an update from Apple.

If you have any questions, please contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555.

OIT Seeks to Expand Office 365 Applications

Office 365 is available for free for students, faculty and staff at The University of Alabama. Currently, this includes software applications Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Access. Beginning spring 2019, OIT will expand upon these applications to include additional applications. Before an application is made available, OIT performs rigorous testing with each application to ensure its functionality and compatibility with other UA systems. Learn more on the OIT software catalog.

DUO Temporarily Disabled

Update 2:25 p.m. – OIT has restored DUO two-factor authentication to services and applications.  DUO will not be reapplied to Banner Admin until 8:00 p.m. this evening as to avoid any disruption causing users to log out and back in. DUO is investigating the root cause of the outage. Follow along with me at https://status.duo.com where the root cause will be posted. We apologize for this inconvenience.


OIT is investigating an issue with DUO two-factor authentication. The application appears to be timing out and not permitting access. While OIT security investigates this issue, we have temporarily removed DUO from required logins. Refer to the OIT Status page for up-to-date status posts.

Oct. 12, 2015 – Student Phishing Alert

Friday, Oct. 12 2018, many UA students received a phishing email with the from email address “fhamedwomanlon@gmail.com” with the subject title “Student Internship Opportunity”.

This email is a phishing attempt designed to steal credentials such as a myBama username or password.  If you haven’t already, please delete the email. Additionally, if you are not a DUO user, please activate your DUO account at duo.ua.edu.

If you did receive this email, and you did provide any sensitive information, please contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555 oritsd@ua.edu.

 

Cybersecurity Awareness Month Tip: Free Credit Freeze

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Keep your information secure with tips from OIT.

Effective this year, individuals can now place a freeze on their credit at no cost. Your first question may be, “What is a credit freeze?” It’s easier than it sounds, and it is the best way to prevent malicious actors from using your personal information to open new accounts in your name.

When an individual freezes their credit, a credit bureau cannot provide any information about the individual to a lender until the individual elects to thaw the freeze.  Prior to federal legislation approved in September, individuals were required to pay a $10 fee each time the credit was frozen or thawed. Now, individuals can freeze and thaw their credit with no fee.

Individuals can freeze their credit with Equifax, TransUnion and Experian for free. OIT recommends placing a freeze at all three bureaus. Visit their websites directly to establish the freeze.

When a freeze is established with each bureau, the bureau will provide a pin or secure identification code to secure the account. Individuals can then provide that pin number to the bureau when ready to thaw the credit. An individual may need to thaw the credit when making a large purchase or requesting a loan. When making a purchase that requires a credit check, simply ask the lender which credit bureau they use, and you can thaw the freeze with that bureau only. Remember to re-freeze your credit after the purchase is made.

To learn more about credit freezes, please visit the Federal Trade Commission website.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. OIT will be posting cyber safety tips throughout the month. For more information about Cybersecurity Awareness Month, visit the National Cyber Security Alliance’s website https://staysafeonline.org.