Information Technology Group

Retiring studentweb.engr.utexas.edu

The studentweb.engr.utexas.edu server will be retired this summer. Personal web sites with no files will be removed on June 1, 2010 as part of our preparations to retire this service.

Several years ago, we brought the studentweb.engr.utexas.edu server on-line to fill a need for students’ personal web publishing space when there were few other viable options.  Today, there are a number of solid alternatives available and we need to focus our limited resources to provide services that are not readily provided elsewhere.  Information Technology Services offers free web publishing services for HTML pages through their WebSpace offering.  All students automatically receive a WebSpace account that can be used for web publishing and file storage.  Additional information on the WebSpace service can be found at:

Facebook and Privacy

Recently, Facebook updated their privacy policy to require users to opt out if they want their info to be private. So, by default, mostly everything you publish to Facebook is being shared with third-party websites.

That's a pretty profound change and it's sparked a lot of discussion by various tech watchers and pundits.

With more than 400 million active users, it should not be surprising, as Mathew Ingram put it, the relationship between Facebook and privacy is a complicated one. It's made even more complicated by Facebook's dense privacy policy statement (longer than the U.S. Constitution) and a maze of complicated settings to make things private. Mashable provides some good general tips when considering Facebook and privacy.

Given how much of our lives we casually share on Facebook and other social media sites, it's really important that we think carefully about what we say online and what information we share.  You never know who’s using that information.

Copier Hard Drives Containing Your Personal Information

Did you know that copiers and printers have hard drives just like your computer?  Think of all the documents you have copied, printed and scanned recently.  Is there anything you wouldn't want to share with a hacker?

Check out this great news story on YouTube from a New York City TV Station - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC38D5am7go

This is a great reminder that ALL hard drives in computers, copies and printers must be destroyed before they are sent to surplus or returned to the vendor for lease or warranty return.

UT offers a disk shredding service and your IT staff can help you remove the hard drive and get it to ITS for destruction.  For more information see http://www.utexas.edu/its/hddestruct/

As always, do not hesitate to contact me with any IT Security questions or concerns.  My contact info is available on the UT Directory.

Securely Storing your UT Passwords using Stache

The UT Information Security Office has just announced the availability of a new service to store UT passwords in a highly secured environment.  The service, dubbed "Stache" is an online password repository running on specialized secure hardware.

The IT community at UT is excited about this but there is also value for other staff and faculty.  For example, some of you use Digital Certificates for email.  Part of the setup process requires you to backup your "keys".  This is exactly the type of data to store in Stache.

You can access Stache with your EID at https://stache.security.utexas.edu

ITG Service Desk

service.desk@engr.utexas.edu

512-232-2486

ECJ 1.226

301 Dean Keeton

Austin, Texas 78712

Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-noon; 1-5 p.m.

Enabling Student Accounts

Students need to enable their EIDs to access Engineering labs and 4GB of data storage.

Enable your account