VPN connection now required for Remote Desktop users
Posted by Lacinda A Riesland on 25 May 2012 10:04 AM
In order to remote desktop to your UAB computer, you need to first connect to the UAB VPN. See for more information regarding VPN software and configuration. When you are prompted to sign in with your blazerID & password, make sure to select "UABSecure Access" from the dropdown box.

After you have connected to the UAB VPN, you will then be able to remote desktop to your UAB computer.

This change requiring VPN connectivity was implemented March 16, 2012 by UAB IT for
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UAB Laptop Encryption
Posted by Lacinda A Riesland on 28 November 2011 12:00 PM

ALL UAB-owned laptops need to be encrypted with PGP Whole Disk Encryption, even if they will not be used for activities involving PHI. Licenses for PGP have been purchased by the University and are free to the department. Macintosh laptops must have an open firmware password and be encrypted with PGP or Filevault 2 (OSX Lion only).

Whole disk encryption is also required for desktop computers that contain PHI (Protected Health Information) and reside in high traffic areas. Additionally,

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Home use AV software
Posted by Jack Rawls on 11 November 2011 01:24 PM
There is no need to pay for an antivirus subcription! There are several free anti-virus software packages that are quite good and are used by your IT staff on their home computers. These include: Make sure you fully uninstall any current antivirus (such as Norton or McAfee) before installing your free antivirus program. Do not install any antivirus programs that are not on this list without talking
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Be On Alert for Malware!
Posted by Lacinda A Riesland on 04 November 2011 06:34 PM
Keep Anti-Virus Installed & Up To Date - UAB provides Anti-virus software for your office and home computers. No matter what a popup has claimed to find, DO NOT allow any unsolicited application to "fix" a virus problem on your computer.

Check the link - Only click on links that point to legitimate web sites you recognize! Many malware emails and websites have links that look valid, but send you to fraudulent sites instead. If you hover your mouse over a link, it will show you where the
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