There is a current ransomware attack that we have been notified about by one of our UW System schools. We are making you aware of this incident so that you can take appropriate steps to inform your staff to remain vigilant. This particular attack comes in the form of a very convincing email message which appears to come from a credit card company and contains an attached protected Word document. Recipients are given the password to the document in the body of the email, told it is an invoice, and told that they are about to be charged for the amount in the invoice. If the recipient unlocks the Word document, it encrypts their local drive (not network shares). The protected Word document then passes through anti-virus filters undetected. Please keep in mind that while a legitimate invoice might be emailed to departments from vendors, the credit card companies that UW-Madison engages with would not send an invoice to review. Emails received from our credit card companies would be in the form of statements. For more information and resources on how protect yourself ...
December 14, 2016
The Clutter feature is now turned off for the entire campus
The Clutter feature is now turned off for the entire campus. You may notice an increase of unwanted mail in your Inbox as a result. If you wish to turn Clutter back on, go to Clutter Options, check the box next to “Separate items identified as clutter”, and click “Save” at the top. Your previous training will be retained. What to expect now that Clutter is turned off: • Messages will no longer go into the Clutter folder. • Clutter folder will remain and cannot be deleted. • Messages that were in Clutter will remain until they are manually moved into the Inbox. • Individuals may perceive increased mail in their Inbox as an increase in spam. • Mailbox rules will not be impacted.
August 17, 2016
uwmadison.box.com now offering unlimited storage
UW–Madison Box accounts received an upgrade that increased storage from 50GB to unlimited storage effective immediately. This upgrade applies to all students, staff, faculty and emeriti. It does not apply to retirees.
May 9, 2016
PHISHING ATTEMPT: University of Wisconsin-Madison Mailbox Update
Another phishing attempt went out yesterday with the subject “University of Wisconsin-Madison Mailbox Update” asking you to increase the size of your Webmail account. Please do not follow the link, it is a malicious attempt to get your login credentials, just delete the message. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Genetics IT.
November 24, 2015
Rechargeable Batteries Now Available
AA rechargeable batteries and chargers are now available in the Genetics Mail/Copy room. These work great for wireless keyboards and mice, or anything else that uses AA batteries. This is a trial program so please help to make it sustainable by returning your dead batteries and making sure to replace any batteries taken out of the charger. If you have any questions please contact Genetics Support.
November 20, 2015
HDMI cables now available in ALL checkout projectors!
Starting today an HDMI cable will be included in the bag of all 3 of the Genetics checkout projectors. Many newer laptops, including current Macbook Pros, have an HDMI port built in and can be connected directly to the projector without any adapters. In addition to being smaller, HDMI can transmit information digitally allowing higher resolution and sharper images then the analogue VGA connectors traditionally used. If you have any projector or connection questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
“Clutter” turned on automatically for Office 365 WiscMail
There is a new "feature" for Office 365 users called "Clutter" which is turned on by default and may result in your missing some important emails. From the documentation: "Call it a little less than junk. Call it filler. Call it graymail. In the end, it's mail you've probably opted into and read sparingly." The feature works fine so long as users are aware they have a "Clutter" folder and know to either turn it off or check it from time to time. Here is lots more information about the service and instructions on disabling it if you won't be using it: https://kb.wisc.edu/page.php?id=53321
September 14, 2015
Microsoft Office Suite Now Free For Personal Devices!
Microsoft Office downloads now available via Outlook Web App// Download Office for free via Outlook Web App UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students can now download and install Microsoft Office through Outlook Web App. These can be installed for free on up to five devices, either UW- or personally-owned. Windows: Office 2013 is available for download, which includes Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, Access, OneDrive for Business, InfoPath and Skype for Business. While Skype for Business is included in the Office 2013 suite, it is not currently enabled for UW-Madison Office 365. Mac: For OS 10.10 and later, Office 2016 is available for download. This version of Office includes Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. For earlier versions of OS X, Office 2011 is available for download from OWA, but it is not currently compatible with UW-Madison’s authentication. In addition to Outlook 2011, an updated standalone version of Outlook – released in late 2014 and called simply “Outlook for Mac” – is also available for download through Outlook Web App for individuals with earlier versions of OS X. This version of Outlook will work with UW-Madison ...
August 11, 2015
Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac Now Available
The latest version of the Microsoft Office Suite for Mac, Office 2016, is now available for installation on UW owned devices. Most users indicate it is a significant improvement in stability and feature parity with the PC version. You can download it yourself through software.wisc.edu or send an email to email@example.com and we're happy to install it for you.
Office 365 Update
For those of you who haven't yet migrated to the new Office 365 Email and Calendaring system know that starting September 15th DoIT will begin mandatory migrations. If you do not migrate voluntarily then at some random day and time between September 15th and October 15th your mailbox will spontaneously migrate. For those of you who have migrated there are some interesting new features being made available to you starting next week. Please see the list below for descriptions of what's coming, how to access it and when it'll be available. Several new tools and features are being added to Office 365 The project team is enabling the following new Microsoft tools as part of the UW’s O365 offering. Each will be available to UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff. We are looking in to how these new features relate to and interact with other cloud service offerings for the UW. More details are to come. Outlook app for Android and iOS (available now) Microsoft’s Outlook app is now available for both Android and iOS. The app was initially disabled due to security concerns – but after several ...
June 26, 2015