September 2017

Free Options to Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop has long been one of the premier image-editing computer programs available. If you're a graphic designer, professional photographer, or illustrator, this is probably what you use.  But it isn't cheap, it doesn't run on all operating systems; and it probably includes more functionality than is needed for most hobbyists, scientists, or students, adding to its complexity. Fortunately, there are free options to Photoshop, including some that are easy to use.  Below, we review three of the most popular applications we've used. (We should mention that web-based

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Annual ISORA Starts Now

On 15 September 2017, the Information Security Office (ISO) kicked off its annual risk assessment survey of devices on the campus ethernet (wired) network. This survey is called ISORA (for ISO Risk Assessment). As required by Texas state law and the university administration, the ISORA application collects, analyzes and reports on specific data related to information security on campus. Gathering the necessary data requires participation from users and managers of networked devices to help collect the data, and from department heads to answer survey questions at the department level and

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Start the Year Off Strong -- With a Strong Password!

As the fall semester starts, we'd like to take the opportunity to remind you to have strong passwords, or passphrases, for all your online accounts and to change them at least yearly.

(Check out this list of the world's weakest passwords:

Please remember that the security of any system is only as good as its weakest link. Don’t make your accounts vulnerable with 

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Welcome to UT Austin

With the start of the Fall Semester, we would like to welcome all the new students to UT Austin!

Among the first things that students new to UT Austin should do, is getting their laptops and cellphones set up to gain access to campus IT resources.

You will want your cellphone configured for:

two-factor authentication (via Duo Mobile)
access to the campus WiFi network
access to your university email account

You will want your laptop configured for:

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