MFA – Multi-Factor Authentication

Mobile phone showing two factor authentication

Recently, the University of Florida has begun to mandate enrollment in multi-factor authentication, in an effort to combat the ever-increasing number of attempts to compromise user accounts and systems that provide campus services. You might have heard of “two-factor authentication” but the term multi-factor authentication (MFA) has gained favor to allow for additional methods of

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Adobe Flash Player End of Life

Three years after their announcement in July 2017, Adobe Flash Player is finally coming to an end on December 31, 2020. Now you may be wondering, “What is Flash and how is this going to affect me?” Adobe Flash is a free software that was extremely common a few years back. Flash allowed users to

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Zoom Tips and Tricks

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Keeping Zoom up to Date Zoom updates their software frequently to address security flaws, bugs, and to provide feature updates.  Often, Zoom will let you know an update is available when you leave a meeting, but some minor fixes or feature updates won’t prompt you to update so it’s a good idea to check for

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Defender yes, Trend no

CLAS-IT is Removing Trend anti-Virus and enabling Windows Defender.  Since we have really good tools for monitoring Malware activity using our desktop support tool, SCCM, we are moving forward with using the built in Microsoft program Windows Defender to keep CLAS Windows Systems safe from Malware.  This change is being rolled out automatically and the

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I was Pwn3d!

I have a confession to make. I was recently blackmailed by a “sextortion” email and it surprised me in many ways. The email promised to share compromising videos, supposedly captured from the web-camera on my laptop, with family and friends unless I made an untraceable payment through Bitcoin. To add credibility to the threat, the

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Locking the Padlock: How to ensure your website connects to users securely.

HTTP vs. HTTPS Http stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol. It’s essentially a method of communicating information between web servers and clients. When we add the “S” onto the end, not surprisingly, we’re securing the connection. If you go to a bank or eCommerce website, you will most likely see that the URL leads with HTTPS

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Skip the Phish

phish-ing – /’fiSHiNG/ – noun. The fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers. A day does not go by without a phishing attack against university accounts. According to UFIT, last year alone there were over

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REBOOT!!!

As we roll out Windows 10, the need to reboot your computer at least once a week becomes more important.  Microsoft upgrades their core Windows operating system now on a regular basis very much like Apple has been doing. Windows computers must be rebooted in order for those updates to occur.  Upgrades are pushed out

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Two Factor Authentication (2FA)

Mobile phone showing two factor authentication

DUO Two factor authentication was rolled out in the spring and has been in testing here at UF for almost a year prior. The way DUO works is that after you enter your password on certain resources, like myUFL and the UF VPN, you will be asked for a second method to verify your identity

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Passwords, Two Factors, and Fobs? Oh My!

Passwords are everywhere in our lives these days. They are important because of what they are intended to protect  our information.