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An email message that mimics a note from Miami University Global Initiatives is just one of several new phishing scams to affect Miami faculty, staff and students recently. Please be aware that these message are hoaxes and phishing scams, and Miami’s Information Security office has been working to block these sites.

Microsoft has recently released Office 2016 for Mac — a totally revamped version of its productivity suite — and it is now available to all Miami students through the Office ProPlus portal.

Watch for the red IT Services tents on campus to find in-person support for any technology questions or problems as students move in and the semester gets started.

IT Services will be performing annual network failover testing on Saturday, July 25 from 6:00 pm to midnight. This testing enables IT Services to exercise the resilience of network systems that provide highly available and stable core communications systems for the University. Although no service disruptions are expected, there is the possibility that Internet and Miami data center connectivity could be disrupted intermittently, from both on and off campus.

Update on new Google Drive interface

Last year, Google updated the Drive interface to become the default user experience for the Miami domain, while retaining the ability to return to the old Drive UI via the Settings drop down. This week Google removed the option to return to the old Drive UI via the Settings drop down.

A new way for scammers to access Miami credentials has recently been reported. The person will compromise a Miami user’s Facebook account, then send a chat message to “Friends” asking for their password to access Miami’s WiFi. They then will use the password to access data from that person’s account.

Banner and BannerWeb will be unavailable beginning at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 20, until mid afternoon Sunday, June 21. During this time, IT Services will upgrade several Banner modules to the most recent version. This upgrade is necessary to comply with regulatory requirements, implement bug fixes, take advantage of new enhancements, and sustain interdependencies between Banner modules.

Email messages from compromised Miami accounts are currently making the rounds, and these new phishing scams are affecting Miami faculty, staff and students. Phishers will try and exploit the fact that you trust people that you know. When they compromise one account, they will often send messages to people who are in the address book of that person, hoping that the recipient will follow the instructions because they trust the sender.

Banner and BannerWeb will be unavailable beginning at 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 20, until mid afternoon Sunday, June 21. During this time, IT Services will upgrade several Banner modules to the most recent version. This upgrade is necessary to comply with regulatory requirements, implement bug fixes, take advantage of new enhancements, and sustain interdependencies between Banner modules.

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