January 2012 IT Security and Help Desk Newsletter

January Security Topic - Using Email Safely

We will be providing a PDF of this article and future articles.  These articles are provided the University of Colorado Office of Information Security. Using Email Safely

New IT Services for Mac's - The IT Department is excited to announce new services being offered for all University owned Apple Mac's, iMac's and MacBook computers.  We are now offering iLife, iWork and OSX (Lion) Operating System at no charge.  This means that anytime Apple releases new versions of these items, they will be available for your computer at no cost.  Please note this does not include iPhones and iPads, those apps are available for purchase via the App Store.  For more information please click on the following link:  http://www.uccs.edu/helpdesk/software-u.html

Additional Security Coming to Mobile Devices - The use of mobile devices has skyrocketed within the last year and integration with Exchange has enabled us to access more information than ever.  This has become a majority security concern for the University.  On February 1st, 2012 all mobile devices will be required to have a 4 digit pin code in order to be configured to receive University email.  This setting will automatically be pushed to your mobile device if it is configured to receive University email.  For more information please click on the following link:  http://www.uccs.edu/exchange/Configuring-Mobile-Devices.html

A new look to the Exchange Outlook Web App (OWA) Sign-on Screen - Currently when you sign into OWA you receive a username and password pop-up.  On Wednesday, 1/11/12 we will be switching to a new sign-on screen, you will no longer need to enter your full email address and are presented with additional options when logging in.  You will also have the option to use a light version of OWA designed for use with mobile web browsers.  Below is a screen shot of the OWA sign on screen.

UCCS OWA

 

Keeping Campus Safe - The Numbers

Incoming spam and malicious emails kept out of your inbox in the past 30 days: 4,048,085

Viruses and malware removed or quarantined automatically in the past month: 232 incidents

Software Update Notes

Microsoft January Updates - Please make sure you save your work before you head home tonight (1/10).  The updates may cause your computer to reboot.

Mac January Updates - Be sure to update your Mac, click on the Apple icon in the top left corner and click on Software Update... be sure to install all updates.

Adobe Reader Update - Please update your Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash.  This update affects both OSX and Windows. More Info

Latest Firefox version: 9.01 and 3.6.25

Latest Google Chrome Version: 16.0.912.75