Prohibited Technologies Announced by Board of Governors

The University of Florida has complied with the State University System (SUS) Board of Governors Emergency Regulation 3.0075 – Security of Data and Related Information Technology Resources, adopted on March 29, 2023. Regulation 3.0075 requires SUS institutions to remove technologies listed on its Prohibited Technologies List from any university-owned device. Additionally, these technologies must be blocked from the university’s network.

Effective immediately, the installation or use of Tencent QQ, TikTok, WeChat, VKontakte, and Kaspersky on any university-owned device, network, or to conduct any university business including marketing and advertising, is prohibited. Faculty and staff that have any prohibited technologies installed on a university-owned mobile device or computer are required to remove them and cease their use. The prohibited technologies are also now blocked from use on any UF Wi-Fi network.

UF strongly recommends discontinuing use of the prohibited technologies and removing the apps from personal devices as well. Taking this action will help protect personal information as well as university data. University information security staff continuously evaluate technology vendors, software products, and services. UF maintains a list of approved technologies on its Fast Path Solutions website. High-risk software and services that present an unacceptable level of cybersecurity risk are listed as ‘not permitted for use’. More information on the university’s response to SUS Emergency Regulation 3.0075 can be found on UFIT’s webpage.

Clear Your Search Histories

Did you know your online activity — including the sites you visit, places you view on Google Maps, videos you watch, and more — is tracked and stored? Companies, both legitimate and malicious, use cookies to learn what you do online. How?  Companies keep records of your online activity by using a Third-Party cookie, which links the activity from your browser back to the profile they have of you. From there, your information could become compromised and shared with groups interested in stealing your personal information or compromising your university.

Regularly clearing your cookies can help limit this surveillance because doing so breaks the link that companies rely on to identify you. Clearing cookies is easy! If you use Google Chrome, first open your browser, then → Open the “Options” menu located near the top right corner of the window → Select “More Tools” → Select “Clear Browsing Data” → To delete everything select “All Time” → and then “Clear Data.” That’s it!  The steps can vary slightly depending on the device and browser used, so visit this page for information on how to clear cookies in your preferred browser.

Learn more ways to keep your personal data private by visiting UF’s Information Security Office website.