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UW-IT Announcements

Major UW-IT announcements sent via email to the UW community are archived here.



  • Select Catalyst tools no longer available for participants starting June 15

    June 8, 2018

    Participants of select Catalyst Web Tools — Collect It, CommonView, GoPost, QuickPoll, UMail and WebQ Quiz — will no longer have access starting June 15. If you own one of these tools, you have until August 24 to migrate Catalyst content.


  • Switch to the new MyUW by June 14

    June 5, 2018

    An all-new MyUW for faculty and staff provides more personal, timely, and relevant content matched to your affiliation with the University, reduces information overload, and provides easy access to key links, tools, and information. To switch, simply click “Switch to the new MyUW!” in the black MyUW banner. Make the switch by June 14, when the legacy portal will no longer be available. Be sure to save any bookmarks or custom links you created on the legacy MyUW. Your bookmarks won’t migrate automatically.


  • Secure University data

    May 22, 2018

    Protect your UW NetID password, personal information and University data by learning three common email tactics used by cybercriminals to infiltrate systems and networks. Phishing tricks users into surrendering login credentials that can be used immediately or sold on underground websites. Spear phishing manipulates targeted individuals by appearing to come from a known or trusted sender in order to access financial account information, intellectual property and research data. And ransomware is malicious software embedded in a seemingly legitimate file attached to an email. When downloaded to a device, it can lock files, folders, computers and systems until a sum of money is paid.

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  • Action needed on your Shared UW NetID account

    May 16, 2018

    UW Deskmail, the UW’s legacy email system, will be fully retired on Dec. 31, 2018. As of that date, Shared UW NetID Deskmail accounts will be automatically deactivated and email stored on these will be permanently deleted. Shared UW NetID owners/administrators are responsible for migrating email and files to UW Exchange Online (Microsoft Office 365) or to UW Gmail (Google G Suite) before Dec. 31, 2018.

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  • Action needed on your UW Deskmail email account

    May 16, 2018

    The UW’s legacy email systems - UW Deskmail, Alpine, Web Alpine, Pine, and Email Delivery Manager - will be fully retired on Dec. 31, 2018. Learn what actions current UW employees, students, Emeriti Faculty and Emeriti Librarians must take before Dec. 31, 2018. And learn what action non-emeriti retirees, alumni, former staff, and former students must take before Jul. 31, 2018.

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  • Upcoming UW email service changes for retirees and former staff members

    May 15, 2018

    The UW is modernizing its email services to provide current students, faculty and staff with the latest email, collaboration and productivity tools, to facilitate compliance, and to protect sensitive data. This effort will involve significant changes to our current offerings for non-emeritus retirees and former staff members. Effective Jul. 31, 2018, their access to the email and collaboration services will end, and all data will be deleted.

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  • Upcoming changes to UW email services for UW Alumni, Former Students, and Former Affiliates

    May 15, 2018

    The UW is modernizing its email services to provide current students, faculty and staff with the latest email, collaboration and productivity tools, to facilitate compliance, and to protect sensitive data. This effort will involve significant changes, including that the UW can no longer support email and collaboration services for alumni, former students, and University affiliates. Effective Jul. 31, 2018, their access to the email and collaboration services will end, and all data will be deleted.

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

    April 23, 2018

    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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  • Important security enhancements to Workday

    January 26, 2018

    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?


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

    January 25, 2018

    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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