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Go! and Do More!

Posted on: May 21st, 2018 by Robby Seitz

Back in 2012, when student email accounts were being migrated to Gmail, we developed a small site at go.olemiss.edu to explain what was happening and to provide instructions. It also linked to the other services that were included in our contract with Google. Before long, we realized this was such an easy URL for people […]

MATLAB Renewal for 2018-2019

Posted on: April 27th, 2018 by Brian Hopkins

The University of Mississippi’s Total Academic Headcount license for MATLAB has been renewed.  As reported here in 2017, UM now has a ‘full suite’ license that includes all toolboxes and other add-on programs for MATLAB. This license is supported by a number of campus units. Instructions for the renewal are available in the myOleMiss portal. […]

Modern Authentication for Office 365

Posted on: January 4th, 2018 by Brian Hopkins

On January 8, 2018, IT system administrators will make a change to the employee email system to enable “modern authentication” in Office 365.  Modern authentication includes a sign-in method that replaces the Windows security dialog box normally seen when prompted for credentials in Office applications such as Outlook. It is more than just a different […]

Upgrade to UM MATLAB License

Posted on: November 14th, 2017 by Brian Hopkins

Beginning today, the answer is “Yes” to the question:  “Is [name of toolbox] included in the University’s MATLAB license?” TheMathWorks, publisher of MATLAB, is changing the pricing model for its products. Pursuant to this change, UM has been offered a cost-free upgrade to TMW’s new Full Suite product package, which includes both all existing MATLAB […]

Critical Security Update for Apple Devices

Posted on: November 1st, 2017 by Brian Hopkins

On Oct. 31, 2017, Apple released a set of updates for Mac computers, iOS devices (iPads and iPhones), Apple TVs, and Apple Watches. These updates contain a critical fix necessary to ensure your security when connecting to wireless networks. *The Office of Information Technology (IT) recommends, in the strongest possible terms, that you install these […]

SPSS Renewal for 2018

Posted on: October 30th, 2017 by Brian Hopkins

The University’s site license for SPSS has been renewed for the period Nov. 1, 2017  — Oct. 31, 2018. Instructions for reactivating the program, including the faculty and student license codes, are available in myOleMiss. Log in to myOleMiss, search for Research Software, and click through to the page for SPSS. There you will find […]

Easy-to-Use Data Protection with Hardware Encryption Devices

Posted on: October 19th, 2017 by itsecurity

Those who deal with sensitive data must take special care when storing files on removable media such as USB flash drives. Encryption is best way to protect this data from accidental disclosure – it makes files indecipherable to unauthorized users. The UM Box service provides encryption both in transit and at-rest. Cloud storage is not […]

New ATS Menu

Posted on: September 14th, 2017 by admin

New ATS Menu Accessibility & Technology Solutions is your faculty and staff resource for accessibility concerns.  The website has been updated to include a more accessible mobile menu.  If you have ever wondered what distinguishes accessible websites, visit the ATS site and try it out.  You can use the site whether you use a mouse […]

Seeing AI

Posted on: August 23rd, 2017 by admin

Seeing AI Computers, the internet, and smartphones have changed the way each of us live our lives.  For people who are blind or have low vision these changes have been a double-edged sword.  The information and communication that is central to the rise of this technology benefits people regardless of their physical abilities.  They are, […]

Email Encryption in Office 365

Posted on: August 10th, 2017 by itsecurity

The UM Office of Information Technology is now providing an email encryption service. This is available to everyone with an @olemiss.edu email address. Email, even when encrypted, is not an appropriate medium for transmitting many types of data. Any data protected by FERPA (student identification, grades, etc.), HIPPA (personally identifiable medical information), GLBA (credit and […]