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December 04, 2023
Ah, the thrill of finals week—a rollercoaster of cramming, late-night study sessions, and an alarming spike in caffeine consumption. But fear not! Students can prepare for the final stretch using an array of cutting-edge technological resources that can greatly enhance efficiency and effectiveness. So stop worrying and start preparing!
November 28, 2023
November 22, 2023
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday … the next week is gonna be crazy! While you’re finding great deals online, Pitt IT wants to help you protect your hard-earned cash from the scammers that pop up every year.
November 15, 2023
Hundreds of writing assignments, presentations, data sheets, and images to keep track of. Countless classmates and colleagues to communicate with. Not enough storage on your computer and your Google account is rapidly filling up. Now that we’re settled into the fall semester, these worries may sound all too familiar.
November 06, 2023
You may have heard that Pitt Information Technology just rolled out a brand-new IT Services Portal powered by TeamDynamix, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to get you started.
November 01, 2023
Ensuring everyone in a group can share information, stay up to date, and coordinate their work is a challenge. Shared folders and documents can be a whole production, but many collaboration tools (like Teams and Project) can be overkill for a short-term project or regular team meetings.
October 25, 2023
A bunch of us have gotten it. An email saying that your email account is going to be suspended unless you verify your username and password. An Amazon purchase confirmation for something hella expensive that you never ordered. A vague notification that someone has shared a file with you. Or the classic work from home job offer that only requires 4 hours and pays $400 a week. Enough hackers!
October 16, 2023
Picture this: After hours of procrastination, you finally make your way to your desk and flip open your laptop, pepperoni pizza in hand. Then you hit a wall — the login screen. With your English paper due in the morning, your brain chooses this moment to have the memory of a goldfish. Your first attempt to log in is unsuccessful. No worries, you say with slight panic in your eyes.
October 11, 2023
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could protect your password with another password? Multifactor authentication does just that. Think of it like placing your housekeys in a safety deposit box that can only be opened by a facial scan.
October 04, 2023
You’re probably no stranger to those little pop-up windows telling you that software updates are available for your device or app. If you’re tempted to click “Remind me later”, you’re not alone.
September 27, 2023
I’m not going to pretend to be a hip Gen-Z (as evidenced by the fact that I just said “hip Gen-Z”). And I get it – you don’t love email. You can just text someone on WhatsApp or post to Instagram or Snapchat (or whatever social media you prefer). There are easier, real-time forms of communication that you can use to connect with others.
September 20, 2023
Managing your academic demands can be a challenge. Unlike high school, you have much more control over which classes you take, how you organize your time, and when and where you do your work. That’s a lot of freedom … and can be a lot of stress. Pitt provides several apps and online services to help students manage their academics and get the most out of their classes.
September 13, 2023
Attending Pitt gives you many advantages: a world-class education, exceptional research opportunities, a supportive environment, and a global network of Panther alumni. Pitt IT is here to support that mission with some great benefits of their own. Get all these awesome IT perks to enhance your Pitt experience.
September 06, 2023
A new semester brings many things: new friends, classmates, instructors colleagues; a new schedule; and a new year of working on your device. Unfortunately, it also brings new cybersecurity threats, with hackers hoping to wreak havoc with your online identity. But you can stop them in their tracks. Here are some tips for keeping your information, your devices, and yourself safe and secure.
August 31, 2023
Pitt IT provides loads of software and mobile apps at no cost for students. It can take a while to install them onto your devices, so get it out of the way now while the term is still young. But which ones should you get? Here are our top recommendations.