Information Technology Graduation Checklist


Congratulations, Seniors! Soon you’ll be graduating from Pitt and starting a new career. Now is a good time to take a few moments to wrap up some important technology items before you go.

You could win up to $4,000 in the Pitt Mobile App Challenge.

Friday, January 27, 2017 - 15:14


Shil Patel and Asim Viqar were runners-up in last year's Pitt Mobile App Challenge for their Swipes app. Here they describe their experience in last year's App Challenge and what they learned from participating.

Submissions to this year's Pitt Mobile App Challenge open February 1. You can participate even if you don't know how to code!

The Show It category asks you to create a visual mockup of your app that shows what it would look like and how it would work. The winning entry receives $2,000 in Amazon gift cards. Second place receives $1,000 in Amazon gift cards, and third place receives $500 in Amazon gift cards. 

The Code It category challenges you to build a working prototype of your app that functions on a mobile device. The winning entry receives $4,000 in Amazon gift cards. Second place receives $2,000 in Amazon gift cards, and third place receives $1,000 in Amazon gift cards. 

Put on your thinking caps and get started today! Visit http://pi.tt/appchallenge to choose your challenge, download the submission template, and review the rules. You’ll also find resources to help you get started building your app.

Good luck!

Phishing Alert: Salary Notice Claims to be from the Chancellor

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 09:04


Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is responding to a new email phishing scam that claims to be from the Chancellor. The fraudulent email claims to contain information about a salary increase and bonus payment. It includes an attached HTML document that contains a Web form that attempts to gather the reader's username and password.

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: Important Notice

Dear Faculty/Staff,

This is to officially announce to you that the payment schedule for the recently 2 per cent salary increase interest Award has now been confirmed. All eligible active faculty/staff members will receive a bonus payment and increase adjustment to leave payment. Those considered for this award and nominee must be a  classified staff member with a minimum of two years of service. In order to complete the volume of adjustments, we have pulled resources from other areas to assist. Attached is the description of how staff member has demonstrated excellence in support of the school, list of all the names of nominees, entitled to this award, position title, department, Years of Service to Pittsburgh  University and PUP Number. Please download and login to your mymail account to view. Thanks

Yours Sincerely,

Patrick Gallagher

Office of the president

University of Pittsburgh



The attachment in the email contains a Web form (shown below) that attempts to collect the reader's username and password:

Phishing scam 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.

University Technology Committees

  • The Information Technology Steering Committee (ITSC) guides the development of the University's technology environment to address computing and information technology needs and position the University to maintain and enhance its role as a leader in a wide variety of disciplines and professions affected by technology.

Using SSH and sFTP to Access the University's Unix Timesharing Service


Your University Computing Account gives you access to file storage space on the Unix Timesharing Service.  In order to access this space, you must use one of two secure connection methods:  SSH or sFTP.   

Using Computrace LoJack


LoJack allows your laptop to be traced in the event that it is ever lost or stolen. You report the loss or theft to local police authorities, contact Computrace, and let the software installed on your computer work behind the scenes to silently and securely send its location to the Computrace Monitoring Center. The Computrace Recovery Team then tracks your computer's location and partners with local law enforcement to attempt to get your computer back.