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Reminder: Beware of telephone phishing scams

Monday, November 14, 2016 - 08:46


Remember to be vigilant for telephone phishing scams that attempt to trick you into divulging sensitive personal data. These scams may take the form of an automated message claiming that a lawsuit has been filed against you, a call claiming to provide technology support, or even calls claiming to be from the FBI to discuss student loans or dues, delinquent taxes, or overdue parking tickets.

CSSD strongly recommends that you do not reply to unsolicited phone calls or emails from unverifiable sources. More information about phishing is available at our Web site at http://technology.pitt.edu/security/phishing-awareness. Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP [4357] if you have any questions regarding this announcement.

Some Exciting New Features are Coming to My Pitt!

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 13:04


On December 21, My Pitt will be enhanced with several new features that will make it faster and easier to access University resources and information.

  1. Search More Easily: Try the powerful new search bar.   
  2. Browse More Quickly: Find services in a flash with new task icons. 
  3. Ask Cathy: Connect with familiar services and discover new ones.

Learn more at http://pi.tt/mypittenhanced

My Pitt Enhancements

Maintenance to Affect Several Enterprise Systems Dec. 22-23

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 13:28


Maintenance on the University Central Directory Service will affect several enterprise systems from 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 22 through 1:00 a.m. on Friday, December 23.

The Manage My Account feature on My Pitt and the Panther Central ID system will be unavailable while the work is being completed. Students, faculty, and staff will not be able to sign up for, or make changes to, information in the Emergency Notification Service during this time as well. (Please note that the University will be able to deliver emergency notifications to subscribers while the work takes place.)

Several other services will also be unavailable during the maintenance period, including some features of My Pitt (my.pitt.edu), CourseWeb, the self-service password reset service, some features of the Student Information System (PeopleSoft), access to grades and class schedules, the Find People Web site (find.pitt.edu), Outside the Classroom Curriculum, self-service account activations, the Parchment transcript request system, the PantherBuy system, new Guest Wireless requests, Read Green, and online help forms on the technology.pitt.edu Web site. 

Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP [4357] if you have questions regarding this announcement.

Phishing Alert: Pitt Quick Authentication Scam

Monday, December 19, 2016 - 16:14

Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is responding to a new email phishing scam that claims you must sign in to your University email address for Quick Authentication. The link in the body of the email message directs the user to a malicious Web page that mimics the University's Pitt Passport login page and attempts to steal the user's credientails. The email scam usually originates from a University email address.

The following is a sample of the recent fraudulent email. If you receive this message (or any message similar to it), please report it as a phishing scam by forwarding the email message as an attachment to phish@pitt.edu. Detailed instructions on reporting scams are available at http://technology.pitt.edu/phishingscams.


Subject: Authentication Requirements for All PITT Users 

Hello Pitt!!

Sign in your University of Pittsburgh email For Quick Authentication Now!  Click the Link Below  


<link removed>  


University of Pittsburgh


The link in the phishing email directs readers to a malicious Web page (shown below) that mimics the University's Pitt Passport login page. Remember that the real Pitt Passport login page always begins with https://passport.pitt.edu in the address bar.

Fake Pitt Passport login page

CSSD strongly recommends that you do not reply to unsolicited emails or emails from unverifiable sources. Avoid clicking on links contained in such emails, as these may lead to sites that contain harmful software. If a link looks suspicious, you can hover over the link with your mouse to preview the URL without clicking on it.

In addition, CSSD recommends that all users install Symantec Endpoint Protection software and use the LiveUpdate feature to get the latest virus definitions. As a complement to Symantec Endpoint Protection, CSSD offers Malwarebytes Premium for individuals and departments at no cost. Students, faculty, and staff can download Malwarebytes and Symantec Endpoint Protection at no cost through the Software Download Service at My Pitt. Departments can submit a help request to obtain Malwarebytes for multiple machines.

Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP [4357] if you have any questions regarding this announcement.

My Pitt Video: How to Upload Files from the Editor (Composer Mode)

How to Launch the Editor in Composer Mode:

Click "All Folders" and choose the folder where the session will be created. Click "Create" once you have selected your folder.

Choose the "Build a session" option.