What To Do When You Get a New Device

Did you get a new laptop or smartphone over the winter break? You’ve invested in a new device so take the time to ensure it is cyber-secure and prepared for your campus life needs. Here are three steps to prioritize before you spend your life on that new device:

  1. Whether you plan on donating or reselling your old device, before doing so, back up all data into a secure cloud or drive to keep it safe and private, so it’s available when needed. According to Wired, you should wipe all of your old device’s data by factory-resetting your device (an option in your device’s settings options) to safeguard your information from falling into the wrong hands.  
  2. Set up the new device for use with DUO to approve GatorLink logins. Also, configure your device to eduroam to have the fastest internet available on campus. 
  3. When creating a password or PIN for your new device, don’t even think about using ‘1-2-3-4’ or ‘2-5-8-0’, Gators! If possible, avoid saving personal login info and payment details because if you do, cyber criminals can easily steal these if they hack into the device.

Visit https://security.ufl.edu/protect-yourself/protect-my/mobile-device/ for more tips on keeping your devices and information secure.  

Change Coming to Email Login Experience

Modern Authentication will be enabled for supported email clients on Sunday, Sept. 26. This change is necessary to strengthen UF’s security posture: “Modern Auth” provides a more secure login experience and allows usage of multi-factor authentication for supported email clients.

How Does This Change the User Experience?
Anyone who uses an email client that supports Modern Auth will initially see a change in their login experience. After Sept. 26, users will receive a prompt similar to the login.ufl.edu webpage. Users of MS Teams, or the Outlook for iOS/Android login procedure, will be familiar with this new experience. When Modern Auth is implemented, users will also validate with multi-factor authentication. Once successfully authenticated, users will not be prompted for a password again until:

1. Their GatorLink password is changed or expires.
2. Their supported email client is inactive for more than 90 days.

What is NOT happening?
Basic authentication is NOT being disabled. UF email clients using basic authentication (e.g., IMAP and older versions of Outlook) will continue to work as expected.

Whenever a change is made to email, there is always a concern that someone may inadvertently fall victim to email scams intended to steal UF login credentials. Anyone with questions or concerns about the legitimacy of an email should contact the UF Computing Help Desk (132 HUB, helpdesk@ufl.edu, 352-392-HELP/4357).

Tips for Multi-Factor Authentication Efficiency

Since UF adopted multi-factor authentication (MFA), the number of compromised GatorLink accounts has decreased by 99.7%. Using the multi-factor authentication app provides additional protection to the university’s systems and services. This means your personal information as well as your research files, proposals, and all university data, is better secured.

Tips to enhance your MFA experience:

1. Add a second device to your MFA account, in case your primary device is lost or stolen. UFIT created a short video explaining how to add a device.
2. Use a passcode to authenticate even without an internet connection or cell service. Open the Duo app, then tap the University of Florida drop-down tab on the home screen. Type in the six-digit code provided when logging into UF services.
3. Check the “Remember Me” option to not be prompted to authenticate for 10 hours, as long as you’re using the same browser on the same device.

Visit it.ufl.edu/2fa or contact the UF Computing Help Desk (helpdesk@ufl.edu, 352-392-HELP/4357, 132 Hub) for assistance using multi-factor authentication.