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July 13, 2017

2FA secures your payslips and direct deposit information in Workday

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Two-factor authentication (2FA) is required to access your payslips and direct deposit information in Workday. It adds a second layer of security to protect sensitive information from identity theft. First enter your UW NetID and password, then use 2FA to prove it’s really you. Managers and employees with human resources, benefits and payroll roles will be prompted to use 2FA at their initial sign-in. Then they use 2FA again to access personal payslips and other sensitive information.

July 12, 2017

Using Workday: Answers to your top questions

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Get answers to your most frequently asked Workday questions including understanding your payslip, requesting time off, recording UW holidays, and more. Check out user guides, videos or learn about upcoming in-person Workday trainings by visiting the Integrated Service Center (ISC) website.

July 11, 2017

Renew MATLAB, SPSS, SAS software licenses. Grace period ends July 31.

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The math and statistics software can be renewed through UWare, with the price the same in FY2018. The 2017 license expired on June 30, and license holders have a 30-day grace period to renew licenses. After July 31, the software stops working. MATLAB (MATrix LABoratory) software delivers powerful computational, visualization and application development tools to your desktop, while SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) and SAS (Statistical Analysis System) are statistical software packages. UWare provides software at reduced cost due to licensing agreements with vendors. These licenses are for teaching, learning and academic research purposes only, not to conduct University business or to be used for any other purpose.

July 10, 2017

Upgrade your Panopto recorders by July 21. Enjoy new functionality, protect data


Panopto users are being asked to update their software by July 21 with a new version that includes important bug fixes that may prevent data loss in certain circumstances. The upgrade also offers a new guided tour to help first-time creators get a quick handle on the most used features, improved live streaming without the need for browser add-ons, and integration with YouTube, allowing users to embed videos directly into Panopto recordings. As the preferred lecture capture solution, faculty rely on Panopto to record lectures and presentations that can be easily accessed by students.

July 7, 2017

Enrolled in 2FA? You’ll need it to see your payslips in Workday

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Two-factor authentication (2FA) is required to access your payroll information in Workday, along with other sensitive data. Enroll today. The first paycheck using Workday is on July 10. You can choose the device you’ll use for 2FA; a smartphone is recommended. The smartphone app, Duo Mobile, runs on a variety of smartphones and is simple to use.

July 6, 2017

Need help with Workday?

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Learn about Workday training, including in-person seminars, or simply get help online, by phone, or in-person at the new Integrated Service Center (ISC), your resource for all things Workday. Visit the ISC website to view instructional videos and user guides or to contact the help desk. Remember to enroll in 2FA through Duo in order to access payroll and other sensitive personal information through Workday.

July 5, 2017

Zoom — new to UW — makes video and web conferencing easy

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Zoom, a new fee-based web conferencing service, allows you to host live online courses, offer “virtual” office hours, collaborate with colleagues in other locations and host live web broadcasts to people worldwide. The cloud-based software, available to students, faculty and staff, offers the same high-quality video, audio, and wireless screen-sharing across Mac, Windows, and Linux operating systems. Mobile-friendly Zoom apps make connecting on the go easy. Meeting hosts must have a UW NetID, but meeting participants don’t need one.

July 3, 2017

Bringing out the best in students. Report features innovative faculty using technology

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Learn how UW faculty members are using technology to engage, motivate and celebrate their students, and help students become better learners. They also provide best practices and tips so that so other faculty can emulate their work. The report is produced through a collaboration of the Office of the Provost, UW-IT, the Center for Teaching and Learning and UW Libraries.

June 30, 2017

Beware of phishing attempts from senders pretending to have UW email addresses

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Be wary of phishing emails that appear to come from an UW email address, asking you to verify your email address, then to click a link or download an attachment. Hover your mouse over links before clicking them to see the real web address. Forward suspicious emails (as an attachment) to If you work in UW Medicine, also CC For more information on how to report a phish and what to send, visit the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer website.

June 29, 2017

Traveling over the holiday? Protect yourself online with these important security tips

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Keep your personal information and University data safe when you travel with a laptop or mobile device by following these simple security tips. Remember to update operating systems, applications and anti-virus software. Don’t use the “remember my password” feature or access personal bank accounts or work accounts from a public computer. Be cautious when using public wireless networks for your own devices, and disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not needed. Read more tips, and contact or if a device containing University information is lost, stolen or compromised.

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