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UITS Monitor: Traveling over break? Keep your data safe from cyber thieves

Monitor newsletter Dec 19, 2019
Traveling over break? Keep your data safe from cyber thieves.

UITS news for December 19, 2019

Holiday traveling is prime time for cyber thieves

You may be ready for a vacation, but it’s no time to take it easy on protecting your data.

Foreign or domestic travel makes you susceptible to cyber criminals. A few steps you can take before, during, and after your stay can help mitigate risk to your digital life.

Beware of charging stations as juice jackers set up free kiosks in hopes of stealing your data. Use a wall outlet if available or bring an extra battery. Use eduroam if available instead of free Wi-Fi and avoid installing software patches while away.

For faculty and staff, your IT professional can help you secure data while traveling. If you must bring a work device, consider taking a loaner, as portable equipment and its data are vulnerable to theft and loss.

More tips on securing your mobile devices

New device? It’s easy to set up Two-Step Login with Duo Restore

Enable Duo Restore so it’s easy to transfer your Duo account to a new device. 

It’s that gift-giving time of year. To prepare for a seamless transfer of your Duo Mobile login to a new device, follow these steps.

  • Make sure you are using one of the latest versions of the Duo Mobile app
  • Enable Duo Restore on your current (old) device before you discard, disable, or return it
  • Restore/migrate your Duo accounts to the new device

Need help? Contact the UITS Support Center

Tech support available during winter break

No school, no problem—your support center team is available.

Even during winter break, the folks working in UITS support still have your back. They’ll be on hand for most of the three-week break, poised and ready to answer your technology questions.

The UITS Support Center’s phone, email, and chat options will be up and running every day except for Christmas Day (December 25) and New Year’s Day (January 1). During closings, phone calls will route to the UITS Contact Center for an answering service.

The UITS Contact Center will remain open 24/7 for the break.

See the UITS Support Center winter break hours

Overwhelmed? Need some advice?

eMentor matches women students based on academic interests, goals, and challenges.

Do you need encouragement or support? Or perhaps you want some guidance on next semester. The eMentor program matches you with a mentor who can guide you in career development, networking, and confidence building.

Matches are made based on your interests, experiences, and hobbies. Sponsored by the Center of Excellence for Women & Technology, your eMentor can give you advice on the unique challenges of being a woman in the workforce.

Meetings will occur via videochat, phone, and/or social media.

For more on eMentor

Setting up academic advisor appointments now easier at Maxwell Hall

UITS’ user experience team develops more seamless process for seeing academic advisors.

At the beginning of each semester, there’s often a rush of students checking in at Bloomington’s Maxwell Hall to see their academic advisors. The process for scheduling and expediting those appointments is now easier thanks to the UITS user experience (UX) team.

The UX team simplified the process by creating a Student Appointment Scheduler. Students now check in at a kiosk. The new sign-in system reduced demands on front-desk assistants and saved hundreds of hours lost in delays and wait times for both students and advisors.

The UX team continues to work with the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education to come up with ways to enhance the advising experience.

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Learn to create virtual reality 3D tours at IUPUI on December 22

Using Matterport software, you can create a digital copy of a room in less than an hour.

The UITS Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is holding an open training for Matterport, a 3D software that creates high-quality digitized imagery for interior spaces such as rooms and buildings. There is no charge for the training.

Date: Sunday, December 22, 2019
Time: 1-4pm
Location: IT 403, UITS AVL, Informatics and Communications Technology Complex (ICTC), 535 W. Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN

Interested? Go to the front desk of the ICTC for a guest badge. Participants can show up anytime within the 1-4pm window. Questions? Contact

Go to the AVL Showcase for a look at previous projects >>

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