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April 23, 2018

New network security enhancements begin April 24, may impact off-campus users

The enhancements will help protect your personal and University data from malicious attacks, but may change how you connect from off-campus. Starting April 24, 2018, you must use a UW secure virtual private network (VPN) to access UW resources from off-campus through a remote desktop or network file-sharing application. Options include the free Husky OnNet service for current students, faculty and staff, or a departmental VPN. Online access to email, Canvas and UW Libraries will not be affected. Not sure what a VPN is or if this applies to you?

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March 30, 2018

Don’t be an April fool! Back up your data and devices

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March 31 is World Back Up Day. Make sure your data and devices are backed up frequently on a secure drive, server or storage. A back up can help you maintain access to your data if your device is lost or stolen, if a hard drive fails, or if a computer system is compromised by…

March 22, 2018

Husky OnNet now offers new Linux-compatible application, improved security

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The Husky OnNet service that supports secure connections to the UW network from off-campus now offers a Linux-compatible application, thanks to an upgrade that also improves security, resolves several bugs and paves the way for future features. Husky OnNet is a free virtual private network for current students, faculty, and staff, and the for-fee Husky…

March 19, 2018

Protect your computer. Download anti-virus software now

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Protect your work and home computers with Sophos anti-virus software, available to students, faculty and staff. Thanks to a licensing agreement between the UW and Sophos, students, faculty and staff can use the anti-virus software on University-owned computers and their personal computers, including PCs, servers and workstations. If your work computer is centrally managed by…

February 28, 2018

New UW network enhancements reduce risk, may impact off-campus users

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New security enhancements will protect your personal and University data from an increasing number of malicious attacks. Starting April 24, 2018, you must use an authorized UW or UW Medicine secure virtual private network (VPN) before accessing UW resources from off-campus through a remote desktop or file-sharing application. Options include the free Husky OnNet service…

February 27, 2018

New service enables units to provide secure, remote access to departmental resources

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Learn more about the new for-fee Husky OnNet – Department (HON-D) service that units can use to provide secure, restricted access to departmental resources on the UW network for their users on- or off-campus. With HON-D, authorized users connect to a designated departmental server with the same application as the Husky OnNet service. Authorized access…

January 26, 2018

Important security enhancements to Workday

To better protect private information, all employees will be required to use Duo, the University’s two-factor authentication (2FA) solution, when they sign in to Workday, not just when accessing personal information. This move, in line with industry-wide best practices, is an important step in ongoing efforts to help employees safeguard their private information. Not enrolled in Duo?

January 25, 2018

Beware of phishing emails asking for your UW NetID and password to gain access to W-2 information

Cyber criminals try to steal an employee’s login credentials so that they can download Wage and Tax Statements (Form W-2). They then can use the W-2 information to electronically file a fraudulent federal income tax return in the employee’s name. By changing the bank account number, the cyber criminals receive the refund. Fortunately, your vigilance and the UW’s two-factor authentication system can play a pivotal role in protecting employee data.

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January 16, 2018

Learn more about Meltdown and Spectre, and how to protect your devices

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Find out how to protect your computer and other devices from two major security vulnerabilities, known as Meltdown and Spectre, in a comprehensive risk advisory by the UW Office of the Chief Information Security Officer. The two security vulnerabilities affect the processing chips in almost every computer made in the last 20 years. Don’t miss…

December 6, 2017

Learn to catch the phish: Protect your information and University data

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Find out how to recognize deceptive emails called phishing. There has been a recent uptick in the number of these scams that try to trick you into providing account names and passwords to gain access to valuable personal and institutional data and resources. Phishing emails often use email links and attachments and try to persuade…

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