February 2016

Protect Your Privates: The ISO's Top 10 List for Protecting Your Data

Last year the Information Security Office (ISO) rolled out a campaign to educate faculty, staff, and students at UT on how to protect their personal digital information. The campaign is called “Protect Your Privates”, and the website is located here:


The most important actions that one can take to protect private information have been assembled into a top 10 list:


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Purchasing Additional Bandwidth

We depend more and more on WiFi to connect our computers and other devices to the Internet. As a result, the amount of traffic on UT’s wireless network has steadily increased. To handle the traffic, UT networking allocates a weekly default bandwidth to faculty, staff, and students. While the defaut allocations for faculty and staff are generous, for students the default allocation is just 1 GB/week. This may not be enough to meet needs.

It is possible to increase one’s bandwidth allocation each semester.
If you live in the dorms, you can upgrade your subscription

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Lonestar 5 in Now in Production

ITS Staff,

Lonestar 5, https://www.tacc.utexas.edu/web/website/systems/lonestar , the latest high performance computer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin, is now in full production. This is TACC’s second petascale system, which is primed to play a large role in advancing scientific and engineering research across the State of Texas and beyond. This

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Windows Internet Explorer 11 or Later Now Required

Microsoft has ended support for older versions of its popular web browser Internet Explorer (IE) as of Tuesday, January 12, 2016. After that date, Microsoft will no longer be releasing security updates, patches, or bug fixes for all versions of Internet Explorer except Internet Explorer 11 and later. After January 12, if you are still running an unsupported version of IE on the campus network, you are putting the University at risk.

In an effort to keep the campus computing environment safe and secure for everyone, all Windows computers should be upgraded to IE 11 as soon as

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Windows 8 End of Life – Upgrade Now!

If you are running Windows 8 (not 8.1), you need to upgrade ASAP!  The January 12, 2016 Patch Tuesday contained the last updates for Windows 8.  If you are still running Windows 8, it's time to update to Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, or risk exposing your PC to unpatched security risks.

Thanks to a quirk in Microsoft's support lifecycle, Windows 8 is no longer supported.  This is because Windows 8.1 is considered a service pack to Windows 8, and Microsoft provides two years to upgrade to a service pack before discontinuing support for the previous release.  Since

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